Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
652. Deputy John Perry asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will ensure that a special needs assistant remains in a school for a person (details supplied) in County Sligo; if he will ensure that the results of the assessment of this person for the requirement for a special needs assistant are made known to their family. [28018/09]
Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), for allocating additional resource teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to primary and post primary schools to support children with special educational needs. The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in allocating such support.
All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child’s special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie. I have arranged for the information provided by the Deputy to be forwarded to the NCSE for their direct reply.
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