Advanced search
Show most relevant results first | Most recent results are first | Show use by person

Search only Niall CollinsSearch all speeches

Results 161-180 of 889,675 for in 'Dáil debates' OR in 'Committee meetings' speaker:Niall Collins

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Josepha Madigan: I thank the Deputy. I accept his point regarding the majority of children with additional needs being educated in mainstream schools. That is the case. Obviously, there are special classes that cater for approximately 8,000 pupils and there are 124, or almost 126, special schools that cater for an equal number of children. Each of these educational environments provides a vital service to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I welcome the comments of the Minister of State but several issues and challenges would be ahead of us if there were to be any shift in terms of delivering for special needs students. The challenges I highlight are that it would be a phased process if it needed to happen. The number of students about whom we are speaking reflects approximately 2% of the school community. It is a small...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Josepha Madigan: The questions the Deputy has posed are valid. The EPSEN Act, which is the main legislation underpinning special education, was published 17 years ago, in 2004, and the focus in respect of the provision of special education has changed substantially since then, from a model that was diagnosis-led to one that is now driven by the needs of the child. Therein lies the answer to the questions...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Questions Nos. 86 and 87 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Education Schemes

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Catherine Connolly: 88. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the consultation process with education partners regarding the technical aspects and implementation of the new DEIS model; when she expects the work on the new model to be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45659/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Catherine Connolly: My question relates to the DEIS model. This is a specific question to the Minister regarding an update on the status of the review that has been going on, where it is at, when it will be completed and when the DEIS scheme will be open to new applicants.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: A key part of the DEIS plan was the introduction of a new DEIS identification process based on an objective and statistics-based model to determine which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS programme. An extensive body of work has been undertaken in terms of the refinement of this model based on the latest school enrolment data and data available from the 2016 census under the HP deprivation...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Several years ago, the former Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Bruton, along with all of the Deputies representing Galway West, had a meeting in a school that is really suffering as a result of its failure to be recognised as a DEIS school That is what spurred me on to keep asking questions, as other Deputies have done in the Dáil. The DEIS programme is a very good scheme but,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: I absolutely appreciate the conviction with which the Deputy poses these questions. She has recognised that it is very important that there is a body of work that can be used as an appropriate framework for DEIS. It is at a very advanced stage - it is at consultation stage with stakeholders, which is important. We are in the final stages of it but it is an enormous body of work. There is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Language (23 Sep 2021)

Dara Calleary: I thank the Minister for her comprehensive reply, which shows there are significant supports available. She mentioned the context of the €20 million budget to support policy on Gaeltacht education. We need to be careful about where that money is being spent and whether it is being spent effectively in all Departments. As she knows from her engagement with Coiste na Gaeilge, there is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Language (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: I reiterate that there is an enormous commitment to this issue within the Department. The funding in excess of €20 million speaks for itself. Significant work has been done and supports put in place, not just for the teaching of the Irish language but also for providing supports to Irish-medium schools within Gaeltacht areas and, indeed, outside them. Work has commenced on the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Language (23 Sep 2021)

Dara Calleary: For policy in this area to be effective, it is essential that it goes from reámchscoile to ollscoile, that is, from preschool right through to university, and there is consistency around the standards. I ask the Minister once again to have a look at the consultation process within her Department and to engage with An Gréasán do Mhúinteoirí Gaeilge, which has...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Language (23 Sep 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Deputy Calleary is right that having a focus on the whole strategy, from infants classes right through to third level, is key. That should come before the proposals regarding the leaving certificate. The problem with what is on the table in regard to the leaving certificate examination is relatively easily to comprehend. If we are going to put in place a more challenging course that is not...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Language (23 Sep 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I want to add my voice to those of the previous two speakers in regard to the need for any system we put together for Irish language teaching to take into account provision from naíonra level right up to third level. That consultation is necessary before we put plans in place. I thank the Minister for her support for Coláiste Ghlór na Mara and its satellite school, which...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Language (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: I welcome Deputy Ó Murchú's very positive comments in regard to the development of satellite schools. It is testament to people's innovation and absolute determination to find pathways forward where there might be difficulties, and to discover ways and means of addressing issues in order to be as inclusive and proactive as possible. We are hugely committed to continuing to do that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Special Educational Needs

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: 85. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when she expects the National Council for Special Education to complete and submit its policy advice on education provision in special classes and special schools, which was originally requested in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45216/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: In September 2018, the National Council for Special Education, NCSE, was requested to develop policy advice on the educational provision that should be in place for students educated in special schools and classes and to make recommendations on what is required to enable them to achieve better outcomes. When does the Minister expect the NCSE to complete and submit its policy advice on...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Josepha Madigan: In 2018, the then Minister for Education and Skills requested the NCSE to advise on the educational provision that should be in place for students in special schools and classes. Ireland is not alone in evaluating its educational provision for students in special education settings. Many European countries are thinking about the future direction they should take. This is particularly...

   Advanced search
Show most relevant results first | Most recent results are first | Show use by person

Search only Niall CollinsSearch all speeches