Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (211, 212)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

211. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children participating in a pilot new school inclusion model; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53098/19]

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Thomas Byrne

Question:

212. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children waiting to participate in a pilot new school inclusion model; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53099/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 211 and 212 together.

On 27th March I announced the trialling of the School Inclusion Model, a new model of support for students with special educational and additional care needs, which is being piloted in 75 schools in the Kildare/Wicklow/South Dublin region. The pilot commenced at the start of the 2019/20 school year.

The School Inclusion Model aims to build schools’ capacity and to provide the right supports at the right time for students with additional needs.

All of the students who are attending the 75 schools, which are participating in the SIM pilot, will have been participating in the pilot in some form. There are therefore not students waiting to participate. There are approximately 23,500 students attending the 75 pilot schools.