Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (208, 209)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

208. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 240 of 5 November 2019, the date on which replies were sent to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46593/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

209. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 241 of 5 November 2019, the reason for stakeholder engagement regarding appropriate education provision for the students at a school (details supplied) in view of section 15 of the Education Act 1998 which provides that the board of management must provide an appropriate education to the students; if he is satisfied that each student is in receipt of an appropriate education at the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46594/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 208 and 209 together.

My Department has received a large volume of correspondence from the person to whom the Deputy refers and has responded to many of the issues raised.

My Department is currently engaging with the school, and with relevant stakeholders, including the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), HSE, school patron and trustees, in relation to the educational provision in place for the students in the school.

The NCSE is an independent agency under the remit of my Department, with a statutory function to plan and co-ordinate the provision of education and support services to children with special educational needs, in consultation with the relevant education partners and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

My Department is due to meet with school authorities this month to discuss the recommendations contained in the Inspector's report and related matters.

A full response will not issue to the person referred to by the Deputy, until the above process has been completed.