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McHugh, Joe

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Literacy Programmes

Was asked: his plans for future funding of a society (details supplied); the amount of funding that will help develop and support Irish sign language and specifically the programmes run by the society such as...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the future funding of a society (details supplied); the way in which the funding will help develop and support Irish sign language and specifically the programmes run by the society s...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 82 together.

  The national further education authority SOLAS, provided funding to the Irish Deaf Society in 2018 for the provision of lit...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Was asked: if the special education hours allocation will be increased in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that DES Circular 0013/2017 for primary schools and 0014/2017 for post primary schools set out details of a new model for allocating special education teachers to school...More Button

Was asked: if provision will be made for additional places in an ASD unit at a school (details supplied).More Button

Individual school boards of management are responsible for the establishment of special classes. It is open to any school to make application to the National Council for Special education (NCSE) t...More Button

The NCSE, an independent agency of my Department, is responsible for planning, coordinating and advising on education provision for children with special educational needs. The Council ensures t...More Button

In deciding where to establish a special class in an area, the NCSE takes account of the current and projected demand and the available school accommodation both current and planned. In this re...More Button

160 new special classes have been opened for the 2018/19 school year, which means there are now 1,459 special classes in place, compared to 548 in 2011. More Button

There are 37 special schools and 237 special classes attached to mainstream schools in Co. Dublin. Of these, 17 are ASD early intervention classes, 139 are primary ASD classes and 41 are post pri...More Button

The number of ASD special classes in Co. Dublin has increased from 66 in 2011/2012 to 197 in 2018/2019.More Button

When the NCSE sanctions a special class in a school, the school can apply to my Department for capital funding to reconfigure existing spaces within the school building to accommodate the class a...More Button

Special Education Needs Organisers (SENOs) who are locally based are available to assist and advise parents whose children have special needs. They also assist and advise schools in making decis...More Button

From time to time, the NCSE identifies local areas where additional special class provision is required. In those circumstances, Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) work with the schools...More Button

My Department continues to work with the NCSE to ensure that there is appropriate planning in place to ensure that all children who require special class placements can access such placements in ...More Button

My Department is aware that the establishment of special provision in some schools and communities can be challenging.More Button

The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 will assist in addressing this issue in areas where the NCSE is of the opinion that there is insufficient education provision for children with speci...More Button

Section 8 of the Act provides the Minister with a power, after a process of consultation with the NCSE, the board of management and the patron of the school, to compel a school to make additional...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the provision of education for a child (details supplied) with autism.More Button

The National Council for Special education (NCSE), an independent agency of my Department, is responsible for planning, coordinating and advising on education provision for children with special ed...More Button

The NCSE’s team of locally based Special Education Needs Organisers (SENOs) are available to assist and advise parents whose children have special needs and identify available placements. They al...More Button

Special schools are staffed based on their actual current pupil profiles and the disability category of each pupil, as opposed to primarily by school designation. School staffing levels are revie...More Button

From time to time, the NCSE identifies local areas where additional special school provision is required. In those circumstances, Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) work with the school...More Button

I understand that the local SENO is continuing to work with the family of the child referred to by the Deputy in identifying a suitable school placement.More Button

My Department is aware that the establishment of special school and class provision in some schools and communities can be challenging.More Button

The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 will assist in addressing this issue in areas where the NCSE is of the opinion that there is insufficient education provision for children with speci...More Button

Section 8 of the Act provides the Minister with a power, after a process of consultation with the NCSE, the board of management and the patron of the school, to compel a school to make additional...More Button

Question No. 82 answered with Question No. 75.More Button

Pupil Data Collection

Was asked: the number of children who left primary school in summer 2018 that failed to enrol in a second-level school in September 2018; the corresponding figures in each of the years 2014 to 2017; and if he...More Button

The introduction of the Primary Online Database (POD) has facilitated the monitoring of pupils as they move through the primary education system and on to post primary. The system was first introdu...More Button

Appointments to State Boards Data

Was asked: the number and percentage of women on each State board under the remit of his Department on 8 March 2016 and 8 March 2019, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The closest comparative data  that is available on the number and percentage of women on each State Board under the remit of my Department is as at 31 December 2015 and 31 December 2018.  The attac...More Button

Multidenominational Schools

Was asked: the status of plans to open an educate together primary school in Killarney, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department is implementing new plans aimed at accelerating the provision of multi-denominational and non-denominational schools across the country, in line with the ...More Button

The previous model of patronage divestment yielded only a very limited number of schools for transfer to multi-denominational patrons (11 since 2013, with a twelfth school, due to be established ...More Button

While the Schools Reconfiguration process is being advanced, my Department is continuing to work with the main stakeholders to progress delivery of diversity in areas already identified, includin...More Button

To date, it has not been possible to secure a school property to facilitate a new school being established in Killarney. However, my Department will continue its efforts in relation to identifyin...More Button

School Equipment

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department operates a scheme of grants towards the purchase of essential assistive technology equipment for pupils with physical or communicative disabilities. On receipt of a recommendation fr...More Button

DEIS Status

Was asked: the progress made in conferring DEIS status on a school (details supplied); if this application will be given further consideration in view of the fact that it has been ongoing for some time; and i...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the issue of this particular school's inclusion in the DEIS programme has been raised in the House before.  As previously set out, my Department has introduced an object...More Button

Schools Building Projects Data

Was asked: the status of the first of four new schools for Donabate, County Dublin; the site location, patronage and timeline for delivery of the school; if the school will open in September 2020 as stated by...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, in April 2018, the Government announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022), including a new 16 classroom primary scho...More Button

Emergency Works Scheme Data

Was asked: if he received an application under the emergency works scheme by a school (details supplied) to provide funding to facilitate special needs pupils attending the school; if the application will be ...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers applied for funding under my Department's Emergency Works Scheme to carry out works to the school building to comply with Part M of the Building Regulations.  ...More Button

However, it is open to the school to appeal this decision in respect of (a) particular pupil(s). It may submit a letter to that effect containing details of the enrolment of that pupil (or those ...More Button

Autism Support Services

Was asked: the supports available for pathological demand avoidance sufferers autism spectrum (details supplied); and the supports in place for persons who do not qualify for home tuition having been diagnose...More Button

My Department’s preferred approach is that all children with Special Educational Needs are educated in school settings where children may have access to fully qualified teachers, individualised edu...More Button

Where the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) confirm that a school placement is not available for a child with Special Educational Needs my Department provides for a compensatory educa...More Button

The July Education Programme (or July Provision Grant Scheme) provides funding for an extended school year for children, enrolled in recognised schools, with a severe/profound general learning di...More Button

Where parents choose to educate their children in places other than recognised schools they have made a decision not to avail of recognised schools. As a result they are not eligible to avail of ...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Was asked: the progress in relation to the development of a new permanent school building for a school (details supplied); the timeline for the delivery of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the development of a new permanent building for the school referred to by the Deputy is dependent on the completion of a building project for another school which will resul...More Button

The major building project for that school is at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2b (Detailed Design) which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation ...More Button

Was asked: if a project (details supplied) will proceed to the next stage at an early date in view of the fact that all details have been submitted by the architect; if his attention has been drawn to the nee...More Button

The major building project referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b – Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission...More Button

The Design Team has recently completed work on its NZEB submission for this project which will ensure the new school building will be a "Near Zero Energy Building" (NZEB) in compliance with the 2...More Button

It is anticipated that this project will shortly be authorised to commence the pre-qualification process to create a shortlist of contractors to which the project will be tendered.More Button

DEIS Scheme

Was asked: if the DEIS identification review is complete; when it is proposed to progress applications from primary and post-primary schools for inclusion under the programme; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, my Department has introduced an objective, statistics based model for assessing which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confid...More Button

DEIS Eligibility

Was asked: if DEIS status will be conferred on a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, my Department has introduced an objective, statistics based model for assessing which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confid...More Button

School Staff

Was asked: if an application for a third teacher for a school (details supplied) in County Kerry will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually on the Department website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school ...More Button

The staffing schedule operates in a clear and transparent manner and treats all similar types of schools equally irrespective of location. More Button

The staffing schedule also includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit a staffing appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board. Details of the appeal process and applicat...More Button

My Department has received a staffing appeal from the school referred to by the Deputy for consideration by the Appeals Board under the Small Schools criteria.  The Primary Staffing Appeals Board...More Button

The Primary Staffing Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final.More Button