A significantly expanded Summer Programme was provided in 2020 for children with the complex needs as a discrete response to Covid-19. The programme included a number of strands and options from which parents could choose, involving either in-school, or home-based supports by teachers and special needs assistants (SNAs) to help to prevent regression among children with SEN.
The role of Tutors and Special Needs Assistants engaged by Parents under the home based summer programme are separate and distinct and broadly reflect the role of teachers and SNAs in schools.
The programmes aim was to support children to reintegrate / transition into their planned education setting for the 2020/21 school year with their peers.
Over 14,000 children participated in the special education summer programmes developed by the Department including 3,881 in the school based programme, 9,716 in the home based programme and 450 families in the HSE programme.
My Department is working on developing proposals for Summer Provision 2021 which will be influenced by the current public health emergency.
These proposals will be developed based on continuous engagement and consultation with the education partners, including Parent and Disability groups.
I will make an announcement on this in due course.