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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Darren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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266. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the process for the allocation of special needs assistants and the right to appeal; the number of appeals in each of the past three years; the outcome of same in terms of allocation in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3276/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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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 needs of children qualifying for SNA support enrolled in the school.  The NCSE is also responsible for managing the appeals process.

As the matter to which the Deputy refers is a matter for the NCSE, I have referred the question to the agency for their direct reply.

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