Written answers

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Special Educational Needs

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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391. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if advice will be provided in respect of the case of a child (details supplied) with autism; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47749/21]

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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Enabling children with special educational needs to receive an education appropriate to their needs is a priority for this Government.

This year, just under 25% of the total Education budget or €2bn will be invested in supporting children with special educational needs.As a result, the numbers of special education teachers, SNAs, special class and special school places are at unprecedented levels.

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has responsibility for coordinating and advising on the education provision for children nationwide. The NCSE through the local Special Educational Needs Organiser (SENO), is available to support both families and schools regarding a suitable placement.

As your query refers to an individual placement case, I will arrange to have it referred to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.


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