Written answers

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Special Educational Needs

Photo of Chris AndrewsChris Andrews (Dublin Bay South, Sinn Fein)
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443. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will intervene in the case of a child (details supplied) and ensure that the child is granted an ASD junior class placement. [6616/22]

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

This year, my Department will spend in excess of €2 Billion, or over 25% of the Department’s budget on providing a wide range of schemes and supports for children with special educational needs. This includes additional teaching and care supports.

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

I can assure the Deputy that my Department is working in close collaboration with the NCSE to ensure that the necessary provision is put in place on a timely basis throughout the country.

As the 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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