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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 8 July 2021

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Ceisteanna (236)

Pauline Tully


236. Deputy Pauline Tully asked the Minister for Education the estimated additional cost of hiring a career guidance counsellor for all special schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36992/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

At present, special schools do not have guidance counsellor teacher allocations.

The matter of guidance counselling in special schools was considered as part of the Indecon Review of Career Guidance , which report was published in April 2019. The report includes four recommendations relating specifically to guidance counselling to promote inclusion.

The recommendations in this report were considered by an internal taskforce to examine each of the recommendations and develop an implementation response to each. The first task was to consider options for the establishment of the support organisation to oversee technology facilitated guidance services.

Progress in this matter has been impacted by both COVID-19. Arrangements are now in place with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) on the implementation of the recommendations and this work will be overseen by an inter-departmental steering group.

The Department of Education will now lead on the actions to promote inclusion in special schools and I understand that this work will commence shortly.