Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 711 No. 4

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  336.  Deputy Joe Behan  Information on Joe Behan  Zoom on Joe Behan   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   if she has received the report of the review of the current and future role of special schools and special classes conducted for the National Council for Special Education; if so, the report’s recommendations that have been accepted; the recommendations that have been rejected and the reason for same; the way the report’s recommendations will inform her policy in the area of special educational needs in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24093/10]

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  I assume the Deputy is referring to the Research Report on the role of Special Schools and Classes in Ireland which was commissioned by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). I have received a copy of this report.

This research, including recommendations, needs to be considered first of all by the NCSE. While the NCSE has funded this research, the report clearly states that the views and opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the NCSE.

I understand that the report may be one of a number of many strands of evidence to be considered when formulating its position in relation to special schools and special classes. Ultimately, it is expected that advice received from the NCSE will assist my Department with policy formulation in relation to the role of special schools and special classes.

I look forward to receiving the considered views of the NCSE in relation to this issue.


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