Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (171)

Richard Boyd Barrett


171. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the person or body to which the National Council for Special Education, NCSE, is answerable to in cases in which a school is dissatisfied with the provision of SNA access further to an appeal. [46227/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The NCSE Appeals Process may be invoked by a parent or a school where it is considered that a child was not granted access to SNA support because the requirements outlined in the Department's SNA Circular 0030/2014 were not complied with.  Schools may also appeal a decision where the school considers that the NCSE, in applying Department policy, has not allocated the appropriate level of SNA support to the school to meet the special educational and/or care needs of the children concerned.

Whereas appeals will be considered by Senior NCSE Special Education Needs Organisers in the first instance, there is potential for independent oversight in that schools/parents have access to an independent Appeals Advisory Committee should they consider that the operation of the appeals process was flawed or deficient.