Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (239, 240, 241, 242)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

239. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills if children, particularly in cases of children with special needs attending primary school, may be enrolled in more than one primary school in order that they can benefit from attending special schools and classes but may also attend a second school to allow them socialise with friends and so on; if dual enrolment is available to children in these cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37626/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

240. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children availing of dual-enrolment in primary schools. [37627/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

241. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills if children, particularly in cases of children with special needs attending post-primary school, may be enrolled in more than one post-primary school in order that they can benefit from attending special schools and classes but may also attend a second school to allow them socialise with friends and so on; if dual-enrolment is available to children in these cases at post-primary level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37628/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

Ceist:

242. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children availing of dual-enrolment in post-primary schools. [37629/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 239 to 242, inclusive, together.

My Department does not facilitate the dual enrolment of children in schools and the NCSE Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) can only allocate resources to schools in respect of those pupils enrolled in a school. Consequently, there are no records.

However, dual placement arrangements are a feature of transitional plans for children who are transferring from one placement to another and should be managed locally by the relevant Boards of Management.In addition, some children with special educational needs in special schools or special classes may also attend mainstream classes on a part-time basis in line with their abilities, and local arrangements are made by the relevant boards of management.