Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (524)

Anne Rabbitte


524. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children in direct provision centres partaking in the July provision programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33168/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The purpose of my Departments extended school year (ESY) scheme – also known as July provision –scheme is to provide funding towards an extended school year for children with a severe or profound general learning disability or children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The scheme was developed to reduce potential regression in learning associated with these specific categories of special education needs over the summer holidays.

There are two elements to the July Provision Scheme

School Based Scheme – Schools that have special classes for autism and/or severe and profound learning disability can participate in the July Programme. My Department contacts all eligible schools each year to invite them to participate in the programme and extend their special classes into the month of July.

Home Based Scheme – where eligible students cannot be accommodated in a school based programme, funding may be provided towards the provision of 40 hours home based tuition.

Approximately 10,123 children accessed the scheme in 2018.

My Department does not have information on the number of children in direct provision centres participating in this scheme.