Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (490)

Holly Cairns

Question:

490. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Education the reason tuition was provided on a household basis rather than an individual basis under the summer provisions when there were two or more eligible children in the same family; the reason the appeals mechanism was removed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38108/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The terms and conditions of home based Summer Provision 2020 were set out in the Information Note and FAQ published on my Departments website:

www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/summerprovision/home-based-information-faqs-for-parents.pdf.

This sets out that the allocation of hours for siblings are broadly reflective of the school grouping principle. This is where one teacher is allocated to a class of six pupils with complex needs in schools.

However to provide for the differentiated needs of siblings with special needs in the home, an increased shared allocation was provided for siblings as set in the below Table

Number of siblings

2 Children

3 Children

4 Children

Number of Hours p/week

15 per week for 4 weeks

20 per week for 4 weeks

25 per week for 4 weeks

In addition, the scheme provided for separate allocations of 10 hours per week to siblings in the following circumstances

- One child is attending school at a different educational level to their sibling – (i.e. One child is primary and the other is post primary)

- One child is in a specialised setting (i.e. a special class or a special school)

- Or where one sibling is living in a separate home.