Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (142)

Eugene Murphy


142. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the maximum home tuition hours will be allocated to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41202/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The purpose of the Home Tuition Grant Scheme is to provide a compensatory educational service for students, enrolled in schools, with a significant medical condition, or school phobia and/or associated depression/anxiety, which has caused, and is likely to continue to cause, major disruption to their attendance at school.

Eligibility is assessed having regard to, although not limited to, the following criteria:

- The student's attendance levels during the previous school year - A relevant medical/professional report -a separate report may be requested in some cases if required.

Generally, grant aid based on a range of between 2 and 10 hours tuition may be approved with the allocation reflecting the level of attendance in the previous school year and whether the attendance was at primary or post primary level. As a general guide, up to 5 hours may be granted to students at primary level while students at post primary level may be granted between 2 and 10 hours.

Officials in my Department have confirmed that an application under the medical strand of the Home Tuition Grant Scheme has recently been received in relation to the person referred to by the Deputy. A decision letter will issue to the applicant in the coming days.

Questions Nos. 143 to 145, inclusive, answered with Question No. 79.