Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (204)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

204. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52014/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Funding for special education provision in 2018 will amount to some €1.75 billion, up 43% since 2011 and equivalent to 18.7% of the gross overall current allocation for education and training.  

My Department provides for a range of services and supports to ensure that children with Special Educational Needs can have access to an education appropriate to their needs.

These supports include additional teaching and care support, enhanced capitation, specialist school transport arrangements, assistive technology and/or specialist equipment, adaptations for school buildings where necessary and additional training for teachers of children with special educational needs.

The NCSE, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from schools for special educational needs supports as required. 

As this question relates to a particular school I have referred the question to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.