Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (102)

Dominic Hannigan

Question:

102. Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) in County Meath may expect a decision on its July provision application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26585/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The July Provision Scheme is an option for all special schools and mainstream primary schools with special classes catering for children with autism or severe to profound general learning disability that choose to extend their education services through the month of July. Children with autism in mainstream classes are eligible to apply for home based tuition, but can, in limited circumstances participate in their school's JEP if they can be accommodated within the school's existing autistic or severe to profound unit(s) and without incurring the need for additional resources, as defined by my Department.

Under the terms of the Programme, exemptions to the general restriction on children from mainstream classes participating in the school based programme can, in limited circumstances be sought, where it is determined that the best interests of the children would be more appropriately addressed by their inclusion in a dedicated autism or severe to profound class for the period of July, having regard to the additional cost arising. A proposal from St Michael's Primary School seeking an exemption has recently been received and approved by my Department. The school have been advised of the decision and the appropriate additional resources in this regard.