Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Special Educational Needs

Photo of Gino KennyGino Kenny (Dublin Mid West, People Before Profit Alliance)
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326. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to facilitate July provisions (details supplied); if it will go ahead; if so, when; the way in which it will run while keeping educators and children safe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6587/20]

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.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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329. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the July provision programme for children with additional needs; if extra supports are being considered for them in the absence of their school and daily routine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6596/20]

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.

Joe Flaherty (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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335. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide the July provision for special needs students in July as normal or August as per public health advice; and if the traditional provision is not possible in 2020, the alternatives that are under consideration otherwise special needs children will go six months without attending class. [6605/20]

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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