Dáil Éireann - Volume 596 - 26 January, 2005
Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.
Ms O’Sullivan Ms O’Sullivan
1103. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will provide in tabular form on a county basis, the number of children for whom a completed application form for learning support awaits a decision in her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1249/05]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: Learning support is not allocated on the basis of applications in respect of individual pupils. Accordingly the information sought by the Deputy is not available. In general, schools are advised to consult the learning support guidelines which have issued from my Department. The Deputy will be aware of the new system for resource teacher allocation which involves a general allocation for all primary schools to cater for pupils with higher incidence special educational needs, such as borderline mild and mild general learning disability and specific learning disability.  This system also applies to those with learning support needs such as functioning at or below the tenth percentile on a standardised test of reading and mathematics.
Dáil Éireann 596 Written Answers. Special Educational Needs.