Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (601)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

601. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of employing an additional 100 resource teachers for primary school education. [33883/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

From September 2017, a new model for allocating special education teachers was introduced. This model allocates special education teachers to schools based on the profiled needs of schools, as opposed to the assessed needs of individual children.  

The revised allocation process replaced the generalised allocation process at primary and post primary school level for learning support and high incidence special educational needs, and the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) allocation process which provided additional resource teaching supports to schools, to support pupils assessed as having Low Incidence disabilities.

The previous system which provided allocations of resource teaching support for individual pupils in particular disability categories, guided by the Report of the Special Education Review Committee (SERC Report), therefore no longer applies.

The new Special Education Teaching allocation provides a single unified allocation for special educational support teaching needs to each school, based on each school’s educational profile.

 1,000 additional special education teachers have been provided for schools since 2017, while the total number of special education teachers has increased by 37% since 2011, from 9,740 in 2011, to over 13,400 at present.

Adding an additional 100 special education teachers to the current level of provision would cost approximately €6 Million per year.

Question No. 602 answered with Question No. 362.