Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (513)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

513. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education further to Parliamentary Question No. 464 of 17 November 2020, if she will address the further information provided (details supplied). [38647/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I would like to again reassure the Deputy that ensuring that every child has a suitable school placement is an ongoing priority for my Department.

The National Council for Special Education is responsible for planning and coordinating education provision at a local level. The Council through its national network of SENOs work with schools and parents to ensure that every child is supported and is given access to education.

The Deputy may be aware that the NCSE has advised that it is experiencing difficulties in securing special school placements in certain areas in Cork, but that they are continuing to work as a matter of urgency in accommodating students who require such placements.

I want to acknowledge that there are some schools where places will not become available until September, 2021.

The local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) continue to have regular contact with the family. They also continue to liaise with schools to identify suitable provision.

In circumstances where no placement is available for a child with special educational needs, the Department can provide Home Tuition grant funding towards the provision of 20 hours home tuition per week as an interim measure until the NCSE confirms that a placement is available.