I wish to advise the Deputy that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), for processing applications from schools for special educational needs supports, including the approval of resource teaching hours. The NCSE operates within my Department's established criteria for the allocation of such supports and the staffing resources available to my Department. All schools were advised to apply to the NCSE for resource teaching and SNA support for the 2012/13 school year by 16th March, 2012.
All schools, including the school referred to by the Deputy, have been advised by the NCSE of their resource teaching allocations for the current school year. Details of the allocations which have been made to each school are available at www.ncse.ie. Schools have been advised to apply to the NCSE for resource teaching and SNA support for the coming 2013/14 school year by 15th March, 2013. The NCSE will then advise schools of their resource teaching allocations, based on the number of qualifying children, in advance of the 2013/14 school year. All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child's special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie.