Written answers

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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352. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the ballet teaching school sector are within Schools, Early Learning and Childcare services and Higher and Adult Education of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19, in view of the fact that the sector follows internationally recognised exam syllabi up to vocational level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29798/20]

Emer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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355. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a sector (details supplied) is included in the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 for Schools, Early Learning and Childcare services, and Higher and Adult Education. [29897/20]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 352 and 355 together.

Irish ballet schools are private enterprises and are not funded or regulated by my Department. Irish ballet schools are not included under Schools, Early Learning and Childcare Services, and Higher and Adult Education under the Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021 Plan for Living with COVID-19. They are included under the Exercise and Sporting Events category. Private ballet schools should engage with public health advice on this basis.

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