Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Department of Education and Skills
Special Educational Needs
Question 63: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of resource hours that have been made available to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if he has received a request from the school for additional learning support hours; if he will detail the nature of any such request; if he will respond to the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7057/12]
The Deputy will be aware that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) for allocating resource teachers to schools to support children with special educational needs. The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in allocating such support.
All schools have now received their resource teaching allocations for the current school year, based on the number of valid applications for resource teaching support received by the NCSE to 25 November, 2011, and taking into account my Departments Employment Control Framework obligations which limits the number of overall resource teaching posts which may be allocated to schools. The NCSE recently published statistical information on SNA allocations on a county by county and school by school basis, including in relation to the school referred to by the Deputy, on its website www.ncse.ie.
Where a pupil meets the criteria for Resource Teaching support, following diagnosis or enrolment to a school which does not have any existing allocation of resource teaching support, the NCSE may make an allocation for such pupils from the small pool of remaining posts which have been reserved for such emergencies or eventualities. Schools fulfilling such criteria may make an application to the NCSE for additional resource teaching hours.