Dáil Éireann - Volume 607 - 11 October, 2005

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

  414. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is not getting the resource teaching hours they need as a high incidence disability category pupil; if their resource teaching hours will be restored; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27508/05]

  Ms Hanafin: As the Deputy has already been advised, a new general allocation system has been announced under which schools have been provided with resource teaching hours, based on their enrolment figures, to cater for children with high incidence special needs such as dyslexia and those with learning support needs. My officials have been in contact with the National Council for Special Education who have confirmed that following examination of an application for additional support for the pupil in question, it was determined that his needs fall within the high incidence disability category. Therefore, his needs fall to be met from within the school’s allocation of 7.5 hours under the new general allocation system. This outcome has been communicated to the school authorities.

My officials have contacted the local special educational needs organiser regarding the pupil referred to by the Deputy. I am informed that the SENO will make direct contact with the school authorities regarding the matter, in the very near future.