Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (248)

Jack Chambers


248. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a case regarding the July provision will be examined (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44897/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department's July Provision Grant Aid Scheme provides funding for an extended school year for students with a severe or profound general learning disability and students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The terms and conditions of the July Provision Grant Scheme 2019 are set out in the Department's Information Note on the scheme which was published with the application forms.

Parents and Tutors provide a signed undertaking confirming they have carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of the scheme before the July Provision home tuition grant can be approved.

As tuition takes place outside the usual school structure it is important that home tutors are both qualified to provide an educational programme and vetted in accordance with the regulations set out.

When a child is deemed eligible for Home Based July Provision Grant Aid Scheme a sanction letter issues to the parents/legal guardians, which includes the name(s) of the approved tutor(s), the total hours sanctioned and grant rate per hour.

The Department provides for an appeal process in relation to the payment decisions of the July Provision home tuition grant. Appeals may be submitted in writing outlining the reasons for the appeal, along with supporting documents as appropriate.

In the case referred to by the Deputy an appeal has recently been submitted to my Department. My officials will consider the appeal and contact the appellant directly in due course.