Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Department of Education and Science
Question 1833: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the arrangements that will be in place from the behaviour support initiative for the academic year 2008/2009 in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29446/08]
The National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS) provides behaviour improvement support and advice to 62 schools nationally and special behaviour support classrooms/programmes have been established in 36 of these schools. Behaviour support classrooms/programmes provide an individualised intensive intervention for students who are unable to abide by a school's code of behaviour. This intervention teaches appropriate behaviours to students and also addresses literacy issues if they arise. The core purpose of a behaviour support classroom/programme is to enable a student to access all education provision in their school.
All schools with a behaviour support classroom/programme have the equivalent of two additional teachers above their allocation. The school in question has a behaviour support classroom/programme and therefore has the equivalent of two additional teachers above their allocation. In addition the school also has the ongoing support and advice from a Regional Development Officer and an Assistant National Co-ordinator from the NBSS.