Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Home School Community Liaison Scheme

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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235. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department is working with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to find a solution for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11043/20]

Joe Flaherty (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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276. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will engage with Tusla Education Support Service, TESS, and provide a full-time home school community liaison scheme to support disadvantaged pupils and families (details supplied). [11318/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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I propose to answer Questions Nos. 235 and 276 together.

It is currently not possible for the school referred to by the Deputies to avail of the services of a HSCL Coordinator within a HSCL cluster due to the school’s geographic location to other DEIS schools.  As an alternative provision, the school is in receipt of annual financial support in lieu of the services of a HSCL Coordinator.

The school in question is allocated a grant of €8,000 in respect of the school year, for the purpose of supporting HSCL activities. The school have been advised that they may utilise this grant to employ/assign a part- time teacher to undertake the role of HSCL Coordinator.

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