Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Special Educational Needs

Marc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party)
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393. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanisms that will be put in place to accommodate families who would normally have access to the July provision for primary school students with special needs; if there is an alternative plan should it not be able to proceed in July 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6913/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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I am committed to running a summer Provision type programme for children with complex needs this year as soon as it is safe to do so and in accordance with public health advice. 

My Department is exploring a number of options for a summer education programme for children with complex special needs.

The primary aim of the proposed programme would be to limit potential regression in learning thereby ensuring in so far as possible that these children can reintegrate and transition into their planned education setting for next year with their peers. 

This may be done through a targeted level of supports to address regression of social skills and re-establish tolerance of routines paving the way for reintegrating full time into education when schools reopen in the autumn.

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