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English, Damien

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Education and Training Provision

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter as it provides me with the opportunity to outline the position on the allocation of PLC places in general and also in Cappamore.More Button

By way of background, PLC places are allocated by SOLAS to the education and training boards, ETBs, and other schools as part of an annual service plan process. There are 32,688 approved PLC pla...More Button

SOLAS, the new further education and training authority, has been tasked with ensuring the provision of high-quality further education and training programmes that are responsive to the needs of ...More Button

Education and Training Provision (Continued)

Last year SOLAS published its five-year strategy for the development of a unified further education and training sector. The strategy seeks to implement a new integrated FET planning model to ensu...More Button

SOLAS engages in an annual service plan process with ETBs which places a focus on the relevance and appropriateness of the provision proposed. It is expected that this will result in an improved...More Button

A PLC programme with 83 PLC places operated in St Michael's College in Cappamore for a number of years. This school amalgamated with two other schools - St Fintan's Christian Brothers school and...More Button

I can raise these issues with SOLAS and the ETB. We met with them recently and they are doing great work in the area referred to. It is about striking the right balance. As it is an independent ...More Button

We need to get the balance right. The Deputy will appreciate that the ETB is an independent entity, but I will raise his concerns with them.More Button

School Transport Eligibility

Under the terms of my Department's Post Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their neares...More Button

My Department is liaising with the National Council for Special Education in relation to the school transport application for the child in question, following which direct contact will be made with...More Button

School Transport Provision

I propose to take Questions Nos. 851 and 852 together.More Button

Bus Éireann has advised that in the current school year some 49,700 primary children and almost 63,900 post primary children are being transported under the terms of the school transport scheme, ...More Button

The Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme Statement of Account for 2014 shows that the cost of transport for primary children under the School Transport Scheme in 2014 was over €91.727 million, whi...More Button

In addition, some 1,750 families of primary children, including families with children with special educational needs. received almost €2.6 million in grant payments in 2014 while during the same...More Button

Post-Leaving Certificate Courses Availability

SOLAS has commissioned the evaluation work for the review of the PLC sector and has established an evaluation oversight group. It expects to make the findings of the evaluation available early i...More Button

Education and Training Boards

Education and Training Boards (ETBs) receive funding from my Department, through SOLAS, to deliver English language tuition to speakers of other languages. In 2014, in the region of 11,000 partici...More Button

On 20th May 2015, the Government approved the implementation of a series of reforms to the student immigration system for international education. These reforms include new regulations for provi...More Button

It is open to any provider, including ETBs, to apply to be included in the list of eligible programmes for immigration purposes. ETBs must seek the written approval of my Department before provi...More Button