Third Level Fees

Questions (130)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

130. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to correspondence from a person (details supplied) followed by a medical report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33684/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under the terms of my Department's Free Fee Initiative the Exchequer meets the cost of tuition fees in respect of eligible students who are pursuing full-time undergraduate courses of study which are a minimum of two years duration in an approved higher education institution. The main conditions of the scheme are that students must be first-time undergraduates, hold inter alia EU/EEA/Swiss nationality in their own right, and have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to an approved third level course. The Deputy will appreciate that as the rules of the scheme are of general application that it is not possible to make an exception in any individual case. It should also be noted that Higher education institutions are autonomous bodies and the criteria governing the level of tuition fees to be charged (EU or Non EU rate), in cases where undergraduate students do not qualify for free fees is a matter for the institutions to determine in accordance with their own criteria. Tax relief at the standard rate of tax may be claimed in respect of tuition fees paid for approved courses at approved colleges of higher education. Further information on this tax relief is available from the Revenue Commissioners on www.revenue.ie.

Education and Training Provision

Questions (131)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

131. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of fact that the north inner city of Dublin has the highest number of lone parents in certain areas and pockets of 60% unemployment, his Department's response to addressing their educational and training needs. [33427/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Department of Education and Skills funds a wide variety of education and training provision in Dublin's north inner city. City of Dublin VEC and FÁS, for example, both provide various flexible education and training options for both lone parents and the unemployed depending on the needs of the individuals involved. The exact nature of the education and training interventions required depend on the requirements of the individual concerned as well as the nature of the referral from the Department of Social Protection.

Schools Numbers

Questions (132)

Niall Collins

Question:

132. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will detail in tabular form the names of each one-teacher school, two-teacher school, three-teacher school, four teacher school and all other national schools in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33599/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The information requested is presented in the following table.

Schools in Limerick classified by teacher size, 2011/2012

The data contained in this table is sourced from the 2011/2012 Census of Primary Schools and refers to pupils in mainstream classes only.

COUNTY

Roll No

SCHOOL NAME

ADDRESS LINE 1

ADDRESS LINE 2

Total Pupils

Teacher size

LIMERICK COUNTY

07117J

S N LOCH GUIR

HOLY CROSS

KILLMALLOCK

44

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

07900B

BALLYSTEEN N S

ASKEATON

CO LIMERICK

29

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

08342V

BOHERMORE N S

BALLYSIMON

CO LIMERICK

25

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

09915B

MARTINSTOWN N S

KILLMALLOCK

CO LIMERICK

52

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

10929T

RATHKEALE N S 2

RATHKEALE

CO LIMERICK

24

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

10991B

GARRYDOOLIS N S

PALLASAGREEN

CO LIMERICK

35

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

11955C

COOLCAPPA N S

ARDAGH

CO LIMERICK

30

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

12368P

S N NAOMH PADRAIG

ABBEYFEALE

CO LIMERICK

32

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

14067L

FEDAMORE N S

FEDAMORE

KILLMALLOCK

36

2

LIMERICK COUNTY

17298W

KILBEHENNY N S

KILBEHENNY

MITCHELSTOWN

42

2.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

08926B

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH OF IRELAND SCHOOL

ADARE

CO LIMERICK

54

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

11809O

S N CNOCH A DEAGA

BALLYLANDERS

CO LIMERICK

19

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

13790G

BULGADEN N S

BULGADEN

KILMALLOCK

57

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

15700M

CLOVERFIELD N S

CLOVERFIELD

DROMCHAOIN

51

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

16764U

KILMEEDY N S

KILMEEDY

CO LIMERICK

31

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

16896O

SCOIL NAOMH IDE

ATH NA FUINNSEOIGE

BEALACH CO LUIMNI

23

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

17076E

SCOIL MHUIRE

GLEANN RUADH

KILMALLOCK

16

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

17138A

SCOIL CILL COLMAIN

ARD ACHADH

CO LUIMNI

75

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

17593B

SCOIL NAOMH MHUIRE

CNOC UI COILEAIN

ABBEYFEALE

28

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

17814O

GEAROID UI GHRIOBHTHA

LOUGHILL

MOUNTRENCHARD

58

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

17981K

S N GLEANN NA GCREABHAR

GLEANN NA GCREABHAR

CILL MOCHEALLOG

50

3

LIMERICK COUNTY

18717V

S N CIARAIN

CILLFIOBHNAI

ATH DARA

56

3

LIMERICK CITY

16715H

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST BOYS N S

DOWNEY STREET

PENNYWELL

39

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

04466T

BALLYMARTIN N S

CROOM

KILMALLOCK

84

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

04469C

S N FIODHNACH

KILLMALLOCK

CO LIMERICK

78

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

07317R

GLENGURT N S

TOORNAFULLA

CO LIMERICK

67

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

08419H

ARDPATRICK N S

KILLMALLOCK

CO LIMERICK

70

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

09927I

GRANAGH NATIONAL SCHOOL

GRANAGH

KILMALLOCK

71

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

11280T

CARRICKERRY N S

ATHEA

CO LIMERICK

52

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

11307N

BALLYGUILTENANE N S

GLIN

CO LIMERICK

47

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

12613C

GLENBROHANE N S

GARRYSPILLANE

KILLMALLOCK

77

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

14005M

KILTEELY N S

KILTEELY

CO LIMERICK

28

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

16239B

MEENKILLY N S

ABBEYFEALE

CO LIMERICK

67

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

16713D

SCOIL NA MBRAITHRE

DOON

CO LIMERICK

58

4

LIMERICK COUNTY

17871D

SCOIL CILL CHURNAIN

KILCORNAN

CO LIMERICK

83

4.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

18236F

SCOIL NAOMH MUIRE

BEAL ATHA DA THUILLE

CO LUIMNI

38

4

LIMERICK CITY

17445J

SCOIL LILE NAOFA

KILEELY

LIMERICK

56

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

09132P

CARNANE MXD N S

FEDAMORE

KILMALLOCK

81

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

09702H

ST JAMES N S

CAPPAGH

ASKEATON

106

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

15692Q

BILBOA N SCHOOL

BILBOA

CAPPAGHAMORE

116

5.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

16439J

SCOIL NA MBEARNAN

PALLASAGREEN

CO LIMERICK

60

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

17155A

ATHLACCA N S

ATHLACCA

KILMALLOCK

85

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

17212J

SCOIL NAIS CNOC AINE

CNOC AINE

OSPUIDEAL

106

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

17364J

SCOIL BAILE AN AIRD

BAILE AN AIRD

KILMALLOCK

82

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

18426K

SCOIL IDE NAOFA

RAITHINEACH

BEALACH

90

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

18612H

SCOIL MHUIRE

ACHADH LIN

BALLINGARRY

110

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

18708U

S N CILL LACHTAIN

NEWCASTLEWEST

CO LIMERICK

101

5

LIMERICK COUNTY

20233L

SCOIL CHAITRÍONA

CAPPAMORE

CO LIMERICK

81

5.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

02007A

CROAGH NATIONAL SCHOOL

RATHKEALE

CO LIMERICK

86

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

02358G

TEMPLEGLANTINE N S

TEMPLEGLANTINE

CO LIMERICK

93

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

08572P

BRUREE NATIONAL SCHOOL

BRUREE

CO LIMERICK

135

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

09296W

OUR LADYS ABBEY

SCOIL NA GCAILINI

ADARE

129

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

09401Q

MONOGAY NATIONAL SCHOOL

NEWCASTLEWEST

CO LIMERICK

126

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

14231V

NICKER N S

NICKER

OLDPALLAS

98

6.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

14305B

BALLYLANDERS N S

KILMALLOCK

CO LIMERICK

113

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

16913L

SCOIL NA NAOINEAN

EAS GEIPHTINE

CO LUIMNI

126

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

17184H

OOLA NATIONAL SCHOOL

OOLA

TIPPERARY

92

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

17299B

SCOIL MHUIRE

EFFIN

KILLMALLOCK

104

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

17487C

SCOIL NAIS CATHAIR CHINN LIS

CATHAIRCINNLIS

CAHERCONLISH

94

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

18260C

SCOIL MHUIRE

BEAL AN ATHA

RATHLUIRC

121

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

18367U

S N TOINN AN TAIRBH

CAPPAMORE

CO LIMERICK

133

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

18530F

ASKEATON SENIOR NS

ASKEATON

CO LIMERICK

98

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

19966B

ST JOSEPHS

DRUMCOLLOGHER

CHARLEVILLE

101

6

LIMERICK COUNTY

02813E

S N SHEANAIN

FOYNES

CO LIMERICK

125

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

13026P

KILFINANE CONVENT PRIMARY SCHOOL

KILFINANE

CO LIMERICK

141

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

13459A

S N GALLBHAILE

GALBALLY

CO TIPPERARY

140

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

14075K

S N MOLUA B

ARDAGH

CO LIMERICK

137

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

14625T

DOON CONVENT N S

DOON

CO LIMERICK

145

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

15226K

CAHERLINE N S

CAHERLINE

CAHERCONLISH

146

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

16237U

DROMTRASNA N S

ABBEYFEALE

CO LIMERICK

137

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

16508C

SCOIL ATHAIN

LISNAGRY

CO LIMERICK

152

7.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

16712B

SCOIL NAOMH IOSAF

ADARE

CO LIMERICK

117

7.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

17438M

SHANAGOLDEN N S

SHANAGOLDEN

CO LIMERICK

142

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

18030I

SCOIL AILBHE

CATHAIR AILBHE

BALLYBRICKEN GRANGE

117

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

18142T

SCOIL CNOC LOINGE  B

KNOCKLONG

CO LIMERICK

124

7.5

LIMERICK COUNTY

19323F

S N BEAL ATHA GREAN

KILMALLOCK

CO LIMERICK

104

7

LIMERICK COUNTY

20102T

ST FERGUS PRIMARY SCHOOL

GLIN

CO LIMERICK

108

7

LIMERICK CITY

12834S

ST MICHAELS

11 BARRINGTON ST

LIMERICK

134

8

LIMERICK CITY

19931F

GAELSCOIL SHEOIRSE

CLANCY

AN CNOC THEAS

98

8

LIMERICK COUNTY

06516S

KILDIMO NATIONAL SCHOOL

KILDIMO

CO LIMERICK

160

8

LIMERICK COUNTY

07857D

S N AILBHE

KILLINURE

LIMERICK

129

8

LIMERICK COUNTY

09306W

CROOM NATIONAL SCHOOL

CROOM

CO LIMERICK

147

8

LIMERICK COUNTY

16264A

ABBEYFEALE B N S 1

ABBEYFEALE

CO LIMERICK

145

8

LIMERICK COUNTY

17068F

SCOIL SEAN TSRAIDE

ATH DARA

CO LUIMNI

154

8

LIMERICK COUNTY

18600A

S N MA RUA

MA RUA

CO LUIMNI

170

8

LIMERICK COUNTY

18653V

SCOIL NAOMH IOSEF

RATHKEALE

CO LIMERICK

66

8

LIMERICK CITY

00570R

MHUIRE NAOFA CAILINI

BISHOP STREET

LIMERICK

74

9

LIMERICK CITY

15320C

ST MICHAELS NS

CBS GROUNDS

SEXTON STREET

55

9

LIMERICK CITY

17942A

SCOIL MHAINCHIN BUACH

BOTHAR SIOLBROIN

LIMERICK

75

9

LIMERICK COUNTY

07222G

BANOGUE NATIONAL SCHOOL

CROOM

CO LIMERICK

67

9

LIMERICK COUNTY

11422N

MAHOONAGH N S

CASTLEMAHON

LIMERICK

156

9

LIMERICK COUNTY

12631E

PALLASKENRY N S

PALLASKENRY N S

CO LIMERICK

166

9

LIMERICK COUNTY

17060M

CONVENT OF MERCY N S

ABBEYFEALE

CO LIMERICK

165

9

LIMERICK COUNTY

17738B

SCOIL TOBAR PADRAIG

TOBAR PHADRAIG

LUIMNEACH

179

9

LIMERICK COUNTY

20175A

LIMERICK CITY EAST EDUCATE TOGETHER

Mungret College

Mungret

124

9

LIMERICK CITY

19372S

SOUTH HILL N S

SOUTH HILL

LIMERICK

64

10

LIMERICK COUNTY

20094A

SCOIL CHRIOST AN SLANAITHEOIR

BAILE AN GHARRAI

CO LUIMNIGH

159

10

LIMERICK CITY

16444C

SCOIL PADRAIG NAOFA C

DUBLIN ROAD

LIMERICK

225

11

LIMERICK COUNTY

06539H

KNOCKEA NATIONAL SCHOOL

BALLYNEETY

CO LIMERICK

205

11

LIMERICK COUNTY

19952N

HOSPITAL NS

HOSPITAL

CO LIMERICK

179

11

LIMERICK COUNTY

20148U

GAELSCOIL CHALADH AN TREOIGH

CHALADH AN TREOIGH

LUIMNEACH

229

11

LIMERICK CITY

16443A

SCOIL PADRAIG NAOFA B

DUBLIN ROAD

LIMERICK

211

12

LIMERICK CITY

17671S

MARIA AUXILIATRIX N S

FERNBANK

LIMERICK

209

12

LIMERICK CITY

19934L

LIMERICK SCHOOL PROJECT

O'CONNELL AVENUE

LIMERICK

218

12

LIMERICK CITY

20181S

GAELSCOIL AN RAITHIN

DOORADOYLE ROAD

LIMERICK CITY

250

12

LIMERICK CITY

20185D

ST MARYS BOYS NS

ISLAND ROAD

LIMERICK

73

12

LIMERICK COUNTY

15685T

ATHEA N SCHOOL

ATHEA

CO LIMERICK

149

12

LIMERICK COUNTY

16118M

DONOUGHMORE N S

DONOUGHMORE

LIMERICK

208

12

LIMERICK COUNTY

17101A

SCOIL CRE CUMHRA

PATRICKS WELL

CO LIMERICK

180

12

LIMERICK COUNTY

18161A

CASTLECONNELL N S

CASTLECONNEL

CO LIMERICK

216

12

LIMERICK CITY

19956V

GAELSCOIL SAIRSEAL

SRAID AN DROICHID

LUIMNEACH

243

13

LIMERICK COUNTY

12975N

ST JOSEPHS CONVENT

NEWCASTLE WEST

CO LIMERICK

226

13

LIMERICK COUNTY

15680J

SCOIL AN SPIORAID NAOMH

ROXBOROUGH

BALLYSHEEDY

280

13

LIMERICK CITY

18677M

SCOIL MATHAIR DE

CUAR BOTHAR THEAS

LUIMNEACH

245

14

LIMERICK CITY

18991S

J F K MEMORIAL SCHOOL

ENNIS RD

LIMERICK

237

14

LIMERICK CITY

19204U

CROI RO NAOFA IOSA

FERNBANK

LIMERICK

227

14

LIMERICK CITY

20184B

GALVONE NS

KENNEDY PARK

LIMERICK CITY

119

14

LIMERICK COUNTY

18516L

S N LIOS NA GROI

LISNAGRY

CO LIMERICK

269

14

LIMERICK COUNTY

19272O

SN NAOMH IOSEF

BALLYBROWN

CLARINA

243

14

LIMERICK COUNTY

19883U

GAELSCOIL O DOGHAIR

CAISLEAN NUA THIAR

CO LUIMNIGH

232

14

LIMERICK COUNTY

20133H

SCOIL DEAN CUSSEN

BRU NA NDEISE

CO LUIMNIGH

301

14

LIMERICK CITY

19332G

S N MUIRE NA HEIREANN

CAHERDAVIN

LIMERICK City

294

15

LIMERICK COUNTY

17951B

SCOIL O CURAIN B

NEWCASTLEWEST

CO LIMERICK

223

15

LIMERICK CITY

19331E

SCOIL CHRIOST RI B

CAHERDAVIN

LIMERICK City

253

16

LIMERICK COUNTY

18177P

SCOIL AINE NAOFA

RATH CAOLA

CO LUIMNI

151

16

LIMERICK CITY

17737W

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE SCHOOL

JANESBORO

LIMERICK

210

17

LIMERICK CITY

17941V

ST MUNCHINS G N S

BALLYNANTY

LIMERICK

190

17

LIMERICK CITY

19830W

CORPUS CHRISTI N S

MOYROSS

LIMERICK

167

18

LIMERICK COUNTY

20193C

SCOIL MOCHEALLÓG

KILMALLOCK

CO LIMERICK

281

18

LIMERICK CITY

19667O

OUR LADY OF LOURDES N S

ROSBRIEN

LIMERICK

165

20

LIMERICK CITY

16910F

SCOIL IOSAGAIN

SRAID SEASNAIN

LIMERICK

231

21

LIMERICK CITY

20018H

MARIA KING PRESENTATION PRIMARY

SEXTON STREET

LIMERICK

221

21

LIMERICK CITY

06936R

ST JOHNS CONVENT

CATHEDRAL PLACE

LIMERICK CITY

291

22

LIMERICK CITY

19475F

ST BRIGIDS NS

SINGLAND

LIMERICK

418

23

LIMERICK COUNTY

19800N

MILFORD GRANGE N SCHOOL

MILFORD

CASTLETROY

503

24

LIMERICK CITY

19894C

AN MHODH SCOIL

ASCAIL UI CHONAILL

LUIMNEACH

553

27

LIMERICK COUNTY

17937H

SCOIL MOIN A LIN

CASTLEROY

LIMERICK

590

27

LIMERICK COUNTY

19336O

SCOIL PHOIL NAOFA

DOORADOYLE

LIMERICK

662

34

LIMERICK CITY

18872K

SCOIL IDE

CORBALLY

LIMERICK

772

38

LIMERICK COUNTY

14409N

SCOIL NEASSAIN

MUNGRET

LIMERICK

723

38

Schools Complaints Procedures

Questions (133)

Clare Daly

Question:

133. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is the case that complaints regarding staff members in a secondary or primary school can be fully and wholly investigated under the complaints procedure if the concerned student has already left or finished in that school. [33637/13]

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I wish to advise the Deputy that the 1998 Education Act provides the legal framework for the delivery of education to children through recognised schools. All recognised schools are legally owned by the school patrons or trustees and managed by a school's Board of Management which is also the employer of teachers in a school. While the Minister for Education and Skills provides funding and policy direction for schools, neither I nor officials of my Department have powers to investigate individual complaints, except where the complaint involves a refused enrolment, expulsion or suspension, in accordance with Section 29 of the 1998 Education Act.

If a parent wishes to make a complaint against a teacher or school they should contact the relevant school authorities. The complaint procedures adopted by most schools are those that have been agreed between the teacher unions and school management bodies. If a parent has a complaint about a teacher or about the school, the first step is to speak to the class teacher. If the complaint is not resolved, the parent should then speak to the school principal. If the complaint is not resolved at this stage, the parent can lodge the complaint in writing with the chairperson of the school's Board of Management/Single Manager/VEC.

If the parent has exhausted the school's complaints procedure and the complaint has not been resolved, the parent can make an appeal to the Ombudsman for Children. The Office of the Ombudsman for Children may independently investigate complaints about schools recognised with the Department of Education and Skills, provided the parent has firstly and fully followed the school's complaints procedures. The key criterion for any intervention by the Ombudsman for Children is that the action of the School has had a negative affect on a child. Further guidance to parents on progressing a concern in relation their child's school is available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.

Special Educational Needs Staffing

Questions (134)

Heather Humphreys

Question:

134. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding supplementary assignment arrangements for the 2013/2014 school year (details supplied); the reason only special needs assistants made redundant after the 1 May 2013 may become members of a supplementary assignment panel until June 2014; the options available to SNAs made redundant prior to May 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33676/13]

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As the Deputy will be aware, a new set of proposals for a public service agreement were put forward by the Labour Relations Commission which now form the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2016 (the Haddington Road Agreement, a copy of which has been forwarded to the Deputy). One aspect of this Agreement relates to supplementary assignment arrangements for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) and as both Unions that represent SNAs namely, SIPTU and IMPACT, have signed up to the Haddington Road Agreement, the Department has now implemented supplementary assignment arrangements for SNAs for the 2013/2014 school year. The detailed arrangements are set out in Departmental Circular 0037/2013 which issued on 1 July 2013, a copy of which has been forwarded to the Deputy.

The first part of the LRC proposals for supplementary assignment arrangements for SNAs outlines that the supplementary assignment arrangements only apply to current SNAs who are notified that they are to be made redundant. Accordingly, with effect from 1 May 2013 once an SNA with a minimum of one year's service is notified by his/her employer that he/she is to be made redundant then he/she shall be deemed to be a member of a Supplementary Assignment Panel for SNAs. SNAs who were made redundant prior to 1 May 2013 are free to apply for SNA positions however, the revised rules on SNA recruitment are as set out in Departmental Circular 37/2013, the purpose of which is to facilitate those SNAs who are notified that they are to be made redundant in filling SNA vacancies which become available in other schools/ETBs. Accordingly, those SNAs who are members of the SNA Supplementary Assignment Panel are afforded preferential treatment in the filling of SNA vacancies. As the LRC proposals are part of a wider public-sector pay agreement that represent compromises by both employers and unions, I do not have the ability to alter the terms of that agreement.

Third Level Participation

Questions (135)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

135. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person's (details supplied) application to higher education access route, HEAR, did not meet the correct criteria to be considered for a placement, one of which is that they are not from a disadvantaged area. [33677/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme is operated by a number of higher education institutions and not by my Department. Admissions to the institutions are regulated by the institutions themselves. The Deputy may wish to contact the Irish Universities Association in this instance. Further details in relation to the HEAR scheme are also available at www.accesscollege.ie.

Psychological Assessments

Questions (136)

Joan Collins

Question:

136. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will investigate the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Dublin has requested assessment for eight students for special needs assistant support and only one student has been assessed by the National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, and they have yet to receive the report from NEPS. [33686/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that all primary and post primary schools have access to psychological assessments either directly through the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), or through the Scheme for Commissioning Psychological Assessments (SCPA), full details of which are on the Department's website. Where a NEPS psychologist is not assigned to a school, authorities therein may access psychological assessments through SCPA. Under this scheme schools can have an assessment carried out by a member of the panel of private psychologists approved by NEPS, and NEPS will pay the psychologist the fees for this assessment directly.

It should be noted that in common with many other psychological services, NEPS encourages a staged assessment process, whereby each school takes responsibility for a pupil's initial assessment, educational planning and remedial intervention. Only if there is a failure to make reasonable progress in spite of the school's best efforts will a child be referred for individual psychological assessment. In relation to assessment for special needs resourcing, I might add that NEPS psychologists would normally only have input into the process in relation to pupils with General Learning Difficulties (GLD) and Emotional Disturbance/ Behavioural Disorders (EDBD) with other types of special needs, such as for example, Autism being referred to clinicians for diagnosis. It is the responsibility of the school Principal in the first instance to identify and prioritise pupils for assessment under the process described above and advise that the school in question may raise individual pupils with the NEPS service if they have concerns in this regard.

I wish to advise the Deputy also that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from schools for special educational needs supports, including the allocation of resource teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to schools. The NCSE operates within my Department's established criteria for the allocation of Special Education supports and the staffing resources available to my Department. The responsibility for deciding on the quantum of educational resources to be allocated to pupils with special educational needs resides with the NCSE through the SENO.

Assessment reports carried out by relevant professionals are provided by schools to the SENOs as part of the application process for support. The consideration of these reports is an integral part of determining the extent of supports to be provided for pupils with special educational needs. Whereas health reports provide valuable assistance to education providers in identifying a diagnosis or identifying appropriate interventions, health staff are asked not to include references to the specific quantum of educational resources in their reports, but should state the outcome of tests carried out and the range of needs of the child as clearly as possible. The NCSE circular 03/08 clarifies the respective roles and functions of the NCSE and the HSE and their respective personnel in carrying out assessments and sanctioning resources to support children with special educational needs.

School Closures

Questions (137)

Jim Daly

Question:

137. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the requested information in relation to a former school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33713/13]

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The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. As soon as any available data is compiled, it will be forwarded to the Deputy directly.

Teaching Qualifications

Questions (138)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

138. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills the total number of teachers, both primary and post-primary, on the payroll of his Department; the breakdown of this figure, in tabular form; the total number of full-time primary and post-primary teachers on the payroll of his Department who have ordinary degrees (Level 8), Masters degrees (Level 9) and PhDs (Level 10); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33751/13]

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The total number of teachers at 31st March 2013 are: 32,276 Primary; 16,823 Voluntary Secondary, Community and Comprehensive; and 10,699 Education and Training Boards (ETBs). It is a matter for the Teaching Council to determine the education, training and qualifications required for a person to be registered as a teacher. Therefore, my Department does not now record details of individual teacher qualifications. Allowances are payable in respect of various qualifications and the number of teachers on the payroll of my Department in receipt of allowances in respect of the qualifications referred to by the Deputy are contained in the following table.

Education and Training Boards (ETBs) employ and pay their own staff and, accordingly, my Department does not have available to it a breakdown of the numbers of ETB teaching staff in the categories requested by the Deputy. The Deputy should note that this information does not represent the total number of teachers that hold Level 8, 9 and 10 qualifications. Additional qualification allowances are not payable to existing teachers from the 5th December 2011 apart from those who were undertaking an approved course of study on that date. The value of the allowance payable was capped at the value of the Honours Primary Degree allowance from that date also. Qualification allowances are not payable to teachers appointed with effect from 1st February 2012. Therefore, there may be teachers on my Department's payroll who hold the qualifications referred to by the Deputy but who are not in receipt of an allowance in respect of same.

NUMBER OF PRIMARY, VOLUNTARY SECONDARY, COMMUNITY AND COMPREHENSIVE TEACHERS IN RECEIPT OF THE FOLLOWING ALLOWANCES:

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PRIMARY

POST PRIMARY (EXCLUDING ETBs)

Primary Honours

 19,818

 8,949

Masters Degree

   3,089

 3,078

Doctorate

       44

    124

Points to note

1. The table above provides the number of teachers in receipt of various Qualification Allowances at the date the information was retrieved from the Departments Payroll records. This is subject to change as teachers submit up to date information regarding their qualifications

2. Teachers in receipt of Level 7 (Pass Degree) Allowances are not included in the table above

Student Support Schemes Issues

Questions (139)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

139. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the student grant scheme 2013 (S.I. No. 159/2013) is implemented as a statutory instrument as opposed to an Act of the Oireachtas; if, given its extensive scope and comprehensiveness, he intends in the future to put such law into an initial Act of the Oireachtas as part of the overall package of political reform for better legislative oversight; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33754/13]

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The Student Support Act 2011 is the primary legislation introduced by the Oireachtas to underpin the programme of legislative and administrative reform of the student grants system. The Act provides that certain areas may be prescribed by way of regulation subject to principles and policies laid down by the Oireachtas in the primary legislation. Section 16 of the Act provides for the making of a scheme or schemes of grants. The power to make a scheme of grants by way of regulation facilitates the annual updating of the Student Grant Scheme in order to reflect budgetary and other technical changes from year to year.

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Questions (140)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

140. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the funding options available to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath who wishes to pursue a third level course in social care in Athlone Institute of Technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33835/13]

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The main financial support available to students attending higher education is the Student Grant Scheme administered by Student Universal Support Ireland. Under the terms of the scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those relating to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment and means. The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of all of the relevant details that would be contained in an individual's application, it would not be possible to say if the student would qualify for a student grant. To determine eligibility for the 2013/14 academic year the student should submit an online grant application to Student Universal Support Ireland via www.susi.ie.

Special Educational Needs Services Provision

Questions (141)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

141. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the maximum 40 hours of home-based July provision will be provided to each person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33839/13]

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The Deputy will be aware that the July Education Programme is available to all special schools and mainstream primary schools with special classes catering for children with autism that choose to extend their education services through the month of July. My Department also provides for a July Programme for pupils with a severe/profound general learning disability. Where school based provision is not feasible, home based provision may be grant aided. The allocation of home based provision to siblings for July Provision is reflective of the school grouping principle. This is where one teacher is allocated to a class of six pupils at the appropriate educational level, primary or post primary. Accordingly it is considered appropriate, as in a school situation, that a tutor can provide tuition at the appropriate educational level to more than one sibling at that level simultaneously in the home.

The school grouping principle does not purport to replicate or mirror all aspects of school based provision. The age or ability of siblings is reflected in their education level as determined by education and health professionals. In general where a child is receiving their education in a class setting with other children of mixed age and ability, this should carry through to their July Provision. However in recognition of the differing needs of some siblings, including the sisters referred to by the Deputy, separate allocations can be considered on a case by case basis. Applications in this regard will require supporting documentation including professional reports from a psychologist or a letter from the principal of the school detailing the existing arrangements currently in place for the respective children and providing reasons why they cannot be tutored together in the home. No appeal has been made in respect of the allocation for the pupils in question.

Schools Building Projects Status

Questions (142)

Noel Coonan

Question:

142. Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a building project for a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the timeframe for completion of works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33850/13]

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The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, stage 2b. This stage includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Safety Certificate, Disability Access Certificate and the preparation of tender documents. Due to competing demands on my Department's capital budget, imposed by the need to prioritise the limited funding available for the provision of additional school accommodation to meet increasing demographic requirements, it was not possible to include this project in the construction programme. School building projects, including this project, which have not been included in the construction programme, but which were previously initiated will continue to be progressed to final planning stages in anticipation of the possibility of further funds being available to the Department in the future.

Special Educational Needs Services Provision

Questions (143)

Finian McGrath

Question:

143. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on correspondence (details supplied). [33920/13]

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I wish to advise the Deputy that pupils with Down Syndrome attending mainstream schools may receive additional teaching support in primary schools, either under the terms of the General Allocation Model (GAM) of teaching supports, if the pupil's educational psychological assessment places the pupil in the mild general learning disability/high incidence disability category, or through an allocation of individual additional resource teaching hours which are allocated by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), if the child is assessed as being within the low incidence category of special need, as defined by my Department's Circular Sp Ed 02/05. Pupils with Down Syndrome may be allocated resources under the category of mild general learning disability, or under the categories of moderate general learning difficulty or Assessed Syndrome, in conjunction with another Low Incidence disability.

I wish to explain also that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has a formal role under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act, 2004 in advising me in relation to any matter relating to the education of children and others with disabilities. My Department requested that the NCSE consider the issue of whether Down Syndrome should be reclassified as a low incidence disability in all instances, regardless of assessed cognitive ability, in the context of its preparation of comprehensive advice on how the educational system supports children with special educational needs in schools.

The NCSE report on Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs in Schools has now been published and is available on the NCSE website www.ncse.ie. The report recommends that under the new resource allocation model proposed by the NCSE in its report, children should be allocated additional resources in line with their level of need, rather than by disability category. The NCSE has recommended that in the short-term, pupils with Down Syndrome who are in the Mild General Learning Disability (Mild GLD) category should continue to be supported by schools' Learning Support allocation in the same way as other pupils with a Mild GLD. The NCSE policy advice did not recommend that an exception should be made for children with Down Syndrome who are in the Mild GLD range, over other children who are in the mild range and who also may have other co-morbid conditions. However, the NCSE report states that it is confident that the introduction of a new allocation model will overcome the difficulty posed by all children with mild general learning disabilities, including children with Down Syndrome, who have additional difficulties and who can be supported according to their level of need and in line with their learning plan process.

In the meantime, schools are reminded that they can differentiate the level of learning support granted to ensure that available resources are used to support children in line with their needs. I have requested the NCSE to immediately proceed to establish a Working Group in order to develop a proposal for consideration for a new Tailored Allocation Model, which is set out as one of the principal recommendations of the report.