Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (293)

Timmy Dooley


293. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a reply will issue to representations recently submitted by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18825/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that officials from my Department wrote to the school referred to in this question, on 15th March 2019, in relation to the request the school had submitted for a review of the schools Special Education Teacher Allocation, on the grounds of exceptional circumstances arising in the school, since the development of the school profile.

The correspondence from my Department advised the school that my Department had requested the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) to review the exceptional needs application which the school had submitted, and to consider whether the case may be brought forward for a review.

I can advise that the National Council for Special Education visited the school on 4th April, 2019 to conduct a review of the schools special education teaching allocation, and the usage of the allocation in the school.

The findings of this review are now being considered by the exceptional needs review panel, and by my Department, and a decision in relation to this matter will be issued to the school in the very near future.