Dáil Éireann - Volume 593 - 25 November, 2004
Written Answers. - School Staffing.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
255. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Edu cation and Science if she has received specific requirements in respect of special teacher needs from the authorities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she expects to be in a position to respond to this request arising from the provisions in the Book of Estimates for 2005 or otherwise; her views on the urgent need in respect of this requirement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30896/04]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin:My Department has received correspondence from the school concerning the proposed new system of allocation of resource teacher support in primary schools. I am conscious of difficulties that could arise in relation to the proposed new model, particularly for children in small and rural schools, if it were implemented as currently proposed.
Accordingly, I will be reviewing the proposed model to ensure that it provides an automatic response for pupils with common mild learning disabilities without the need for cumbersome individual applications, while at the same time ensuring that pupils currently in receipt of service continue to receive the level of service appropriate to their needs. The review will involve consultation with educational interests and the National Council for Special Education before it is implemented next year. It is important to emphasise that applications may be made for specific resource teacher allocations in respect of pupils with lower incidence special educational needs.
Dáil Éireann 593 Written Answers. School Staffing.