Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Department of Education and Science
Question 87: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the position of a special needs assistant at a school (details supplied) in County Limerick is to be terminated from December 2010; if she will have the matter examined with a view to reversing the decision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47033/10]
As the Deputy may be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) for allocating resource teachers and Special Needs Assistants to schools to support children with special educational needs. The NCSE operates within my Department's criteria in allocating such support.
I have arranged for the details supplied to be forwarded to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.
All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child's special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie.