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McHugh, Joe

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Was asked: the arrangements which will be made for a child (details supplied) that is due to start primary school and has no place in an ASD unit locally. More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has a statutory function to plan and co-ordinate the provision of education and support services to children with special educational needs, in con...More Button

This includes the establishment of special class and special school placements in various geographical areas where there is an identified need. More Button

The NCSE ensures that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all children who have been identified as needing special class placements.More Button

Individual school boards of management are responsible for the establishment of special classes. It is open to any school to make an application to the NCSE to establish a special class. In deci...More Button

When the NCSE sanction 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 an...More Button

The number of ASD special classes has more than doubled in the last 5 years from 511 in 2014 to 1,196 across the country now. Provision in special schools has increased from 6,848 placements in 2...More Button

Details of all special classes for children with special educational needs are available by county on the NCSE website www.ncse.ie.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

As the matter raised by the Deputy refers to an individual child, I have arranged for the Deputy's question to be forwarded to the National Council for Special Education for direct reply.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be provided with a SNA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating a quantum of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support for each school annually taking into account the assessed care nee...More Button

The NCSE allocates SNA support to schools in accordance with the criteria set out in Department Circular 0030/2014, which is available on my Department's website at www.education.ie, in order tha...More Button

In considering applications for SNA support for individual pupils, the NCSE take account of the pupils' needs and consider the resources available to the school to identify whether additionality ...More Button

SNAs are not allocated to individual children but to schools as a school based resource.More Button

The NCSE Appeals Process may be invoked by a parent or a school where it is considered that a child was not granted access to SNA support because the requirements outlined in Circular 0030/2014 w...More Button

Where a school has received its allocation of SNA support for 2019/20, but wishes new enrolments or assessments to be considered, which were not taken into account when the initial allocation was...More Button

The closing date for receipt of appeals in regard to SNA allocations is Friday, 27 September 2019.More Button

As this question relates to a particular child, I have referred the question to the NCSE for their direct reply. I do not have a role in making determinations in individual cases.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for special education teaching hours review by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that DES Circulars 0007/2019 for primary schools and 0008/2019 for post primary schools provide details of how the allocations of Special Education Teachers have been up...More Button

Was asked: if he will review and address the cuts to SNA allocation at a school (details supplied) in view of non-reduction of enrolment numbers and the number of children presenting with significant medical ...More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating a quantum of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support for each school annually taking into account the assessed care nee...More Button

The NCSE allocates SNA support to schools in accordance with the criteria set out in Department Circular 0030/2014, which is available on my Department's website at www.education.ie, in order tha...More Button

In considering applications for SNA support for individual pupils, the NCSE take account of the pupils' needs and consider the resources available to the school to identify whether additionality ...More Button

SNAs are not allocated to individual children but to schools as a school based resource.More Button

SNA allocations to all schools can change from year to year as children with care needs leave the school, as new children with care needs enrol in a school and as children develop more independen...More Button

The NCSE Appeals Process may be invoked by a parent or a school where it is considered that a child was not granted access to SNA support because the requirements outlined in Circular 0030/2014 w...More Button

Where a school has received its allocation of SNA support for 2019/20, but wishes new enrolments or assessments to be considered, which were not taken into account when the initial allocation was...More Button

The closing date for receipt of appeals in regard to SNA allocations is Friday 27th September 2019.More Button

As this question relates to particular school, I will refer the question to the NCSE for their direct reply. I do not have a role in making determinations in individual cases.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not received a SNA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating a quantum of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support for each school annually taking into account the assessed care nee...More Button

Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the steps he is taking to ensure that overcrowding of primary and secondary schools in Kilkenny city and county is ended; his plans for the provision of new schools in the county and updated facili...More Button

In order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas and uses a Geographical Information System, using d...More Button

Was asked: the 20 school building projects which are delayed; the longest at stage 2b; when a design team was appointed in each case; and when a replacement design team was appointed if applicable.More Button

The 20 major school building projects which are the longest at stage 2(b) are detailed in the following table. The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the table.

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Was asked: the progress made since a school (details supplied) met with officials in Tullamore, County Offaly in December 2018; his plans for the school when the current lease expires in June 2020; and if he ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a major building project for the school to which he refers, is included in my Department’s school building programme to be delivered as part of the National Developmen...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 212 of 11 June 2019, the length of time the design team has been completing the pre-qualification process; and the timeline for completion of this stage.More Button

This project was authorised to complete pre-qualification in April 2019. The final pre-qualification report was submitted to my Department on 23 May. Final confirmations have been sought while th...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 213 of 11 June 2019, the length of time the design team has been completing the pre-qualification process; and the timeline for completion of this stage.More Button

This project was authorised to complete pre-qualification in April 2019. The final pre-qualification report was submitted to my Department on 23 May. Final confirmations have been sought while th...More Button

Was asked: the status of a project (details supplied).More Button

I can confirm that a project to deliver a permanent building for the school to which the Deputy refers is included on my Department's capital programme and the acquisition of a site is required to ...More Button

Officials in my Department have been working closely with officials from the relevant Local Authority under the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable permanent ...More Button

The Department is currently considering a shortlist of site options and is engaging with relevant landowners in this regard. Given the commercial sensitivities associated with land acquisitions g...More Button

The acquisition of a suitable site for the school is very active on the programme of site acquisitions and every effort is being made to secure the suitable site for the school as expeditiously a...More Button

Was asked: if he will request an up-to-date evaluation on progress made in recent weeks regarding the building of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the project to which he refers is devolved for delivery to Westmeath County Council (WCC). More Button

It appears from the latest programme provided by the contractor for this project that the building will not be fully occupied until this coming October. I am extremely disappointed and frustrated...More Button

I fully appreciate the anxiety and frustration of the pupils, staff, parents and the local community awaiting the completion of the Curraghmore project that has been caused by the continuing slow...More Button

Was asked: the status of the construction of the new primary school in Kanturk, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the project to which he refers is devolved to the OPW for delivery.

  I am pleased to confirm that the Stage 2B report (preparation of tender...More Button

Was asked: when construction on a school (details supplied) will commence and be completed; the way in which he plans to address the capacity issues prior to construction of the new building; and if he will m...More Button

A new school building is due to be provided for the school to which the Deputy refers. The current position is that a suitable site has been identified and it is contained within a parcel of land ...More Button

Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme

Was asked: the number of national schools implementing the Gaeltacht education policy, Polasaí Thumoideachas, that are in danger of losing a teacher in the coming academic year 2019-2020; the number in the Ga...More Button

105 primary schools are currently participating in the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme to strengthen the provision of Irish-medium education in these schools. 14 of the primary schools are loc...More Button

Schools participating in the Scheme are allocated additional Irish-language support hours relative to pupil enrolment.More Button

Physical Education Facilities

Was asked: his policy on playing pitches and other recreational facilities at schools.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the provision of play space, where site conditions and circumstances allow, is one of the issues considered in the architectural design of new schools and major ext...More Button

Was asked: his plans to develop playing pitches at a school (details supplied).More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a playing pitch is being provided at the education campus in question. More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: the grant support available to persons seeking to commence a course outside the State that is postgraduate; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The main support available to students is the statutory based SUSI grant scheme. The scheme supported circa 78,000 students in 2018/19. Under the terms of the Student Grant Scheme funding outside o...More Button

Education Costs

Was asked: his views on the provision of free primary education to children, including the provision of free schoolbooks and learning aids; if he will consider moving towards a free primary school system in t...More Button

I strongly support any measures that can be put in place to reduce back to school costs for parents. More Button

It is important that we work to make life easier for families and this is a priority for this Government.More Button

In the Action Plan for Education, I have committed to the restoration of capitation payments. My Department has commenced the process of restoring capitation this year with a 5% increase in capit...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, my colleague, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D., has recently announced an increase to the back to school allowance for th...More Button

I also want to give parents a strong voice in ensuring costs are always kept to a minimum. My Department published a Circular in 2017 which details the measures to be adopted by schools to reduce...More Button

I believe that these actions will also significantly strengthen the focus on reducing back to school costs for parents.More Button

Student Data

Was asked: the number of third-level students in each of the past ten years by the number of students born here; the number of EU, Swiss, EEA students and others; the percentage of each nationality in each of...More Button

For the Deputy's information I set out in the following link disaggregated data for the period 2008/2009 - 2017/2018 as collated by the Higher Education Authority on the composition by nationality ...More Button

Teachers' Remuneration

Was asked: the estimated full year cost of a proposal (details supplied).More Button

As a consequence of the economic crisis, there was a need to enact a number of measures to reduce public expenditure so as to stabilise the country’s public finances. More Button

The Government approved a number of measures relating to public service allowances following a public service-wide review of allowances and premium payments conducted by the then Minister for Pub...More Button

Any person who was in receipt of the relevant allowances on 31 January 2012 will continue to be paid that allowance except where that teacher ceases that job role or changes school or employer on...More Button

The annual cost of restoring the Island allowance from a current date to new entry teachers in Primary, schools would be approximately €20,000 annually.More Button

This information relates to the teachers paid on payrolls operated by my Department. I will arrange to obtain the information relating to the cost of the restoration of the allowance for teachers...More Button

Was asked: if the full salary of a person (details supplied) will be backdated to pre-2011 pay scales.More Button

Salary scales for teachers are based on the date of their first qualified appointment to an Oireachtas funded post as follows:

  A person first appointed to an Oireachtas funded ...More Button

Oireachtas Joint Committee Reports

Was asked: his views on the recommendations in the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills report on challenges facing island schools published in February 2018; and the details of each recommenda...More Button

Following the submission to the Department of Education and Skills of correspondence outlining the challenges facing island schools, including the Report on Challenges Facing Island Schools...More Button

Digital Strategy for Schools

Was asked: if academic standards and attainment levels at State examinations have been examined at schools involved in the digital learning framework compared to those schools not involved in the framework; a...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that no one factor can specifically be attributed to the quality of teaching and learning and student academic performance in State examinations and there are no plans to...More Button

However the effective use of digital technologies, as outlined in the DLF and which is for use by all schools, will enhance teaching, learning and assessment practices in schools. The use of digi...More Button

The Digital Strategy for Schools acknowledges that the embedding of digital technologies in teaching and learning is a complex endeavour. The important focus, as provided for in the Digital Strat...More Button

In the context of the DLF, schools are supported to develop a Digital Learning Plan, and have flexibility to determine how best to embed the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning ...More Button

The Framework is in its second year of dissemination and is accompanied by an extensive CPD framework for teachers and schools. More Button

My Department has also commissioned the ERC to conduct a more longitudinal study of the DLF of a three year duration. This study commenced in January 2019. The focus of the Evaluation will be the...More Button

State Examinations

Was asked: the policy on students who become ill during the junior certificate or leaving certificate exams and that, for example, need to be hospitalised; the arrangements in place to deal with this scenario...More Button

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations.

  In view of this I have forwarded your query to...More Button

Springboard Programme

Was asked: the funding provided to Springboard since it was created by year; the number of students accepted in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Springboard+ which incorporates the ICT skills conversion programme, is a targeted initiative which is used to provide funding for higher education courses aimed at meeting the need for in-demand s...More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: the estimated cost to restore the pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools to the EU average of 20:1.More Button

Budget 2019 marks the third year of a major reinvestment in the education. In 2019, the budget for the Department of Education and Skills will increase by €674 million, a 6.7% increase on last year...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio in secondary schools to 20:1.More Button

Teacher allocations to all second level schools are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment and are available on the Department's...More Button

Each 1 point adjustment to the pupil teacher ratio at post primary level is estimated to cost in the region of €63m per annum.More Button

Third Level Fees

Was asked: the estimated cost to abolish higher level education fees for both institutes of technology and universities.More Button

The Student Contribution, was introduced with effect from the 2011/12 academic year. While the student contribution now stands at €3,000, it is important to recognise that there has been no increas...More Button

School Accommodation Provision

Was asked: the estimated cost to include the building of an extra classroom to each planned school build in the next five year period.More Button

The notional cost of building a classroom, at current building costs, for a primary school is €176,937.50 including VAT and for a post primary school is €165,762.50 including VAT. More Button

The projects that are planned for the next five years are already at various stages of Architectural Planning, many of which have statutory approvals in place such as Planning Permission, Fire Ce...More Button

Due to the specificity of each project, the cost of adding an additional classroom to each school on the building programme is not readily ascertainable and would representative a significant adm...More Button

Was asked: the assistance he is providing to a school (details supplied) in obtaining a new premises that can accommodate enrolment numbers for September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department does not have any remit for the provision of accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy. However, it is open to the school in question to explore with local schools in the...More Button

Summer Works Scheme Applications

Was asked: if a decision has been made on a summer works programme application by a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for funding to works on the playground of the school referred to by the Deputy was received. Unfortunately, it was deemed that the scope of works for the project was considered to be...More Button

The purpose of the Emergency Works Scheme is solely for unforeseen emergencies or to provide funding to facilitate inclusion and access for special needs pupils. An emergency is deemed to be a s...More Button

In relation to the roof works referred to by the Deputy, I am pleased to advise you that approval was granted to the school under the 2016 Summer Works Scheme programme for repair works to the ro...More Button

It was open to the school to make an application under the Summer Works Scheme (SWS) 2020 for its most urgently required small-scale building works project. I understand that an application has b...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding 2015 summer works applications; if the case of a school (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy has a Category 10 application under my Department's 2015 Summer Works Scheme. It is intended to undertake an analysis of these outstanding ap...More Button

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund

Was asked: if he will meet formally with the chief executive officer and chairperson of Caranua before the organisation closes down at the end of August 2019; if staff working within Caranua will be redeploye...More Button

Caranua, the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund, ceased to accept applications on 1 August 2018 and I understand that it expects to have substantially completed the processing of remaining app...More Button

All of Caranua's current staff are employed by the organisation on a contract basis and they are not civil servants. Accordingly, the issue of redeployment within the civil service does not arise.More Button

The Chair of Caranua has invited me to attend a meeting of the Board of the organisation and I am giving consideration to this request. Senior officials of my Department meet with the Chair and C...More Button

School Costs

Was asked: his views on schools making demands for voluntary financial contributions for items such as school tours, stationery and resource fees from parents who are not in a position to pay; and if he will ...More Button

Voluntary contributions by parents are permissible provided it is made absolutely clear to parents that there is no question of compulsion to pay and that, in making a contribution, they are doing ...More Button

The manner in which voluntary contributions are sought and collected is a matter for school management, however their collection should be such as not to create a situation where either parents o...More Button

Apart from those recognised fee-charging second level schools, recognised primary and post primary schools are precluded from charging school fees. Section 64 of the Education (Admission to Schoo...More Button

When a child is enrolled in a school certain charges may be legitimately requested such as:More Button

- payment for school books, lockers, text messages or photocopied material provided by the school where the charge is reasonable and simply reflects the true costs concerned; or More Button

- charges for meals and refreshments provided pupils are not obliged to purchase same and can bring their own refreshments to school (e.g. lunchbox); or More Button

- payments in respect of extra-curricular activities provided such activities are not obligatory and individual pupils can choose whether or not to participate. More Button

However, as outlined above such charges may not be used as a condition of admission to a school placement. It is permissible for a school to seek payments in respect of extra-curricular activitie...More Button

I believe that schools need to be accountable to parents and we need greater levels of communication, engagement and transparency in how schools serve their communities. Work on the drafting of t...More Button

Schools Grievance Procedures

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the procedures in place for parents to make complaints regarding a grievance or misconduct in respect of schools; if this procedure can involve the principal, board of manag...More Button

The complaint procedures currently operated by most schools are those that have been agreed between the teacher unions and school management bodies. The Office of the Ombudsman for Children may al...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that my Department is currently working on the drafting of the Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019 in conjunction with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel.More Button

The overall aim of this legislation is to improve the level of engagement between schools and students and their parents by inviting feedback, comment and observations from students and parents a...More Button

Under the legislation, each school will be required to prepare, publish and implement a Student and Parent Charter in accordance with national guidelines to be published by the Minister after con...More Button

The legislation will provide for the charter guidelines to include new procedures that all schools will be required to follow when dealing with complaints of students or their parents relating to...More Button

In-service Training

Was asked: his plans to update and modernise governance in schools; if the formal procedures for schools and teachers communicating with parents can be improved; if additional training can be provided for tea...More Button

The governance structure of schools is such that, in accordance with the Education Act 1998 schools are managed by boards of management on behalf of the relevant school patrons. Under the Act, eac...More Button

In primary schools the agreed composition and procedures for the appointment and operation of boards of management of primary schools are set out in my Department’s publication “Governance Manual...More Button

At post primary level requirements in respect of the composition, appointment and operation of boards of management are set out in legal governing documents relevant to each of the three post pri...More Button

Work on the drafting of the Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019 is close to being finalised and I intend to seek Government approval shortly for its publication. Under the Bill, each...More Button

Key concepts in the legislation also include the need for schools to respond to feedback and comments from students and parents where appropriate and to address and resolve any concerns of studen...More Button

Schools Building Projects Applications

Was asked: the status of an application for a permanent extension by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application, for additional school accommodation, from the school authority in question.

  Officials from my ...More Button

Teacher Recruitment

Was asked: if a request for a full-time teacher for a school (details supplied) will be processed; and when a decision will be made.More Button

The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the previous 30 Sept...More Button

School Transport Provision

Was asked: the status of school transport for persons (details supplied).More Button

Was asked: if free school transport will be offered in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if an application for school transport for a child (details supplied) in County Cork will be approved in view of the circumstances that apply; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Reviews

Was asked: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

For the Deputy’s information, studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by my Department has been taken to refer to such tasks undertaken by external consultants.

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Departmental Strategy Statements

Was asked: the documents published by his Department since 1 January 2016 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is contained in the following table.

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Departmental Meetings

Was asked: when a meeting will be arranged with a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand from recent correspondence from the Deputy that the company in question runs a programme in media literacy, cyber awareness for young people including mindfulnessMore Button

It is the policy of my Department not to endorse or promote any commercial product or service, professional consultant or company. In this case the endorsement might be seen as advice to parents ...More Button

The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015–2020, which is currently being implemented, reflects my Department’s current policy on the effective use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and as...More Button

My Department, though its teacher support services, provides extensive training, supports and resources to schools to assist with the implementation of the Digital Strategy and in the development...More Button

Webwise.ie is a key educational resource for schools which promotes the promotes the autonomous, effective and safer use of the internet by young people through a sustained information and awaren...More Button

Within the PDST, there is also a team of 22 full time personnel focusing on health and wellbeing with the goal of helping schools, through the Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) curriculum a...More Button

Individual schools have however autonomy to determine whether they wish to supplement or support the school's work with other external resources/materials, such as those referenced by the Deputy,...More Button

Student Universal Support Ireland

Was asked: when the SUSI grant rate of payment was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the terms of the student grant scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those which relate to nationality, residency, approved c...More Button

The eligibility criteria for student grants including the grant rates is reviewed annually in my Department and approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. As the Deputy will be ...More Button

The aim of the student grant scheme has always been to make a contribution to the cost of going to college, covering the full cost has never been a feasible option.More Button

Students in third-level institutions experiencing exceptional financial need can apply for support under the Student Assistance Fund. This Fund assists students, in a sensitive and compassionate ...More Button

Overseas Students Data

Was asked: the number of students from New Zealand studying here; if he, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, is taking further steps to attract additional students from New Zealand to come here to study; ...More Button

I thank Deputy O’Dea for asking this question,

  Ireland had 29 students from New Zealand studying here within the academic year 2017/18; numbers for 2018/19 have not been colla...More Button

Student Universal Support Ireland Data

Was asked: the full rate of the SUSI grant in each of the years 2008 to 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information in respect of the 100% maintenance rates for the years 2008-2019 is set out in tabular form as requested.

  SUSI MAINTENANCE RATES FROM 2008 TO 2019

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Teacher Data

Was asked: the number of resource teachers employed at a school (details supplied) in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials from my Department are collating the information sought in relation to the school referred to by the Deputy. I will arrange for the information requested to be forwarded directly to the D...More Button

Schools Establishment

Was asked: the status of the commitment made to open an educate together national school in Clonmel, County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The patronage divesting process arises from the recommendations of the 2012 report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, following which the Departmen...More Button

Under the patronage divesting process, a school can be opened where a school building became, or was due to become available as a result of an amalgamation/closure of an existing school. In some...More Button

To date, it has not been possible to secure a school property to facilitate a new school being established in Clonmel. However, my Department is continuing its efforts in relation to identifying...More Button

Junior Cycle Reform

Was asked: when history will be made a compulsory subject at junior cycle.More Button

In November 2018 I requested the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to review the optional nature of history under the new Framework for Junior Cycle and, as part of this review,...More Button

The NCCA Council considered this matter at its June meeting and the NCCA has this week sent its final report to my Department. The Department will consider this report in the first instance and ...More Button

DEIS Data

Was asked: the percentage of schools that have DEIS status in rural areas compared to those with DEIS status in the five major cities and larger towns; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, there are currently 896 schools in the DEIS Programme serving over 180,000 pupils. There are 359 rural DEIS primary schools, with approximately 27,000 pupils, and 339 ur...More Button

A full breakdown of all the schools in the DEIS programme is available on my Departments website atMore Button

www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/DEIS-Delivering-Equality-of-Opportunity-in-Schools-/.More Button

DEIS Eligibility

Was asked: the criteria that determines whether a school can receive DEIS band status; if location is one of the main criteria; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The location of a schools does not determine whether a school receives DEIS status. However, given educational disadvantage can manifest differently in urban and rural settings, urban DEIS schools...More Button

Was asked: when the next round of DEIS bands will be allocated to national schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently undertaking data analysis in the context of resource allocation to match identified need, including the examination of variables known to be strong predictors of educatio...More Button

This analysis is being carried out by members of the DEIS Technical Group which contains representatives of the Department’s Statistics and Social Inclusion Units, the Inspectorate and the Educat...More Button

Until this analysis is complete, it is not intended to extend the DEIS programme to any further schools.More Button

The DEIS advisory group (which includes school management bodies and unions) was briefed on progress on 28th May by officials from my Department and it is intended to schedule a further meeting o...More Button

Special Educational Needs Staff

Was asked: if special needs assistants and other workers in the primary and second-level education system will be provided with the same entitlement to paid annual leave that is provided to teachers to allow ...More Button

Special Needs Assistants(SNAs) are recruited specifically to assist in the care of pupils with disabilities who have additional and significant care needs in an educational context. They may be app...More Button

In accordance with the Education Act, the terms and conditions of employment of SNAs employed in approved posts funded by moneys provided by the Oireachtas are determined by the Minister for Educ...More Button

The position regarding annual leave entitlements for SNAs is set out in various circulars which have issued from my Department including Circular Letters 0017/2013; 0019/2013; 0027/2013; 0054/20...More Button

Circular Letter 0032/2010 sets out the brief absences provisions which may be availed of by SNAs to cater for such items as service on public bodies. More Button

Home Tuition Scheme Funding

Was asked: the amount spent on home tuition grants in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in respect of children with special needs.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available. My Department will reply directly to the Deputy as soon as the information has been compiled.More Button


 

 

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