Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (360)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

360. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of inspections of ASD special classes in primary schools and secondary schools; the number of inspections that have taken place by county in tabular form; if specialist inspectors are employed for such inspections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35455/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

To date, in 2019, inspectors have conducted Evaluations of Provision for Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN evaluations) in 41 schools, located throughout the country. This involved visits to 85 ASD special classes across these 41 schools.  The Inspectorate’s findings on the quality of education in these special classes were incorporated into the inspection reports on these schools, subsequently prepared for publication on the Department’s website.  

Almost all of the inspection reports arising from these SEN evaluations have completed the stages of the publication process. These reports have been issued to the schools inspected and they can also be accessed on the Department’s website.  

SEN evaluations are carried out by a small team of inspectors with specific expertise and experience in SEN and all team members have been fully briefed on the operation of the SEN evaluation model.

The number of SEN inspections conducted in 2019 is included in tabular format below by school sector and county.

  SEN Primary Inspections (2019)

County

SEN-P inspections

Westmeath

1

Dublin  

5

Galway

2

Limerick

1

Leitrim

1

Mayo  

2

Clare  

1

Roscommon

1

Wicklow

2

Kilkenny

1

Wexford  

2

Cork

3

Waterford

1

Kerry

1

Tipperary

1

Kildare  

1

Offaly

1

Longford  

1

Monaghan

1

Louth

1

Cavan

1  

Total SEN Primary

31

SEN Post-Primary Inspections (2019)

County

SEN-PP inspections

Cork  

2

Dublin  

5

Carlow

1

Kilkenny

1

Galway  

1

Total SEN Post-primary

10