Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (83)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

83. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children availing of home tuition grants by county in each of the years 2015 to 2018. [26941/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I understand that the Deputy is requesting information on the number of children availing of home tuition grants by county in each of the years 2015 to 2018, and who were awaiting a school placement.

The information requested by the Deputy for the years 2015 to 2018 is not readily available. My Department will reply directly to the Deputy as soon as this information has been compiled.

The purpose of the Special Education Home Tuition Scheme is to provide a compensatory educational service for children with special educational needs seeking an educational placement and provision is also made for early educational intervention for children with autism. The scheme also provides a compensatory educational service for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, are unable to attend school.

My Department also operates a Home Tuition Grant Scheme for children, other than those with special education needs, who do not have a school place, are without the offer of a school place and for whom a school place is being actively sought. The purpose of this Grant Scheme is to provide funding towards provision of a compensatory educational service for children who do not have a school place.

The Home Tuition Grant Schemes are an interim measure to provide for education until an educational placement becomes available. When a school placement becomes available the Home Tuition Grant will be discontinued.