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Departmental Programmes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 16 June 2021

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Ceisteanna (133)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

133. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education if the 2021 summer provision programme as in other years previously allows for children in special schools to make up the additional 20 hours with home-based tuition in which the school programme is only two weeks 20 hours. [32174/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Government has approved the provision of significantly expanded summer education programmes for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage, as a COVID-19 pandemic response measure, for summer 2021.

This is an incredibly important Government decision, which ensures that for first time all primary and post primary schools have the opportunity to provide summer programmes for students with complex needs and those at risk of educational disadvantage.

The total funding available to provide the programme is up to €40 million, a one hundred per cent increase on the allocation for summer provision in 2020.

The programmes for mainstream students in primary and post-primary schools are new programmes for 2021, building upon previous summer programmes for pupils with complex special educational needs and those in provided in DEIS schools last year.

Where a school offers a school based programme, it is not open to any student of that school to access the home based programme. This is in line with the approach last year.

Children participating in a 2 week school based programme receive in excess of 40 hours tuition which is the maximum that can be availed of in the 4 week home-based programme.

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