124. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the schools in County Dublin which have an ASD unit; the number of children attending each; the number of pupils awaiting access to an ASD unit in those and other schools, respectively; and his plans to address the shortfalls in available places for children with needs that can be catered for by an ASD unit. (Question 18560/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is the policy of my Department that all children with Special Educational Needs, including those with Autism, can have access to an education appropriate to their needs, preferably in school settings through the primary and post primary school network. 
Such placements facilitate access to individualised education programmes which may draw from a range of appropriate educational interventions, delivered by fully qualified professional...

164. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) increased its fees for music lessons by 50%; and if this increase will be reconsidered in view of the fact that this will be untenable for students that are already struggling to meet the financial costs of studying. (Question 18933/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - School Fees)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): In 2014, my Department established the ‘Committee for Non-Mainstream Department of Education and Skills funded Music Education’. The Committee was established to, inter alia, oversee the work of organisations in receipt of funding by the Department of Education and Skills in relation to non-mainstream music education.
In its engagement with organisations including CDETB, the Committee has suggested that emphasis...

387. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made on the future patronage and-or ethos of the proposed new secondary school for Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W. (Question 15595/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Patronage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide, demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure.
With regard to demand for partic...

388. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna an bhfuil aon iniúchadh déanta ag a Roinn maidir le Gaelscoil a bhunú i mBaile Átha Cliath 12; agus mura bhfuil, cad iad na céimeanna atá sé ag dul a ghlacadh chun freastal ar an éileamh ar an nGaelscolaíocht sa cheantar. (Question 15596/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tógfaidh mé Ceisteanna Uimh. 388 agus 389 le chéile.
Mar a bheidh sé ar eolas ag an Ionadaí, d’fhógair mé pleananna chun 42 scoil úr a bhunú thar na 4 bliana amach romhainn (2019 go 2022), lena n-áirítear iarbhunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2020 agus bunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2019 chun freastal ar limistéir phleanála scoile Bhaile Átha Cliath 6_Cluain Sceach & ar Bhaile Átha Cliath_6W (ina gcuimsítear cuid de cheantar poist Bhaile Átha Cliath...

389. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna an bhfuil aon iniúchadh déanta ag a Roinn maidir le Gaelcholáiste a bhunú i mBaile Átha Cliath 8, 10 nó 12; agus mura bhfuil, cad iad na céimeanna atá sé ag dul a ghlacadh chun Gaelscolaíocht ar an dara leibhéal a chur ar fáil do dhaltaí sa cheantar atá á lorg agus ar gá dóibh faoi láthair taisteal amach as an gceantar chun freastal ar Ghaelcholáiste. (Question 15597/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tógfaidh mé Ceisteanna Uimh. 388 agus 389 le chéile.
Mar a bheidh sé ar eolas ag an Ionadaí, d’fhógair mé pleananna chun 42 scoil úr a bhunú thar na 4 bliana amach romhainn (2019 go 2022), lena n-áirítear iarbhunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2020 agus bunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2019 chun freastal ar limistéir phleanála scoile Bhaile Átha Cliath 6_Cluain Sceach & ar Bhaile Átha Cliath_6W (ina gcuimsítear cuid de cheantar poist Bhaile Átha Cliath...

247. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the agreed contracts to provide educational courses through ETBs that have been awarded to an organisation (details supplied) since its inception; the courses across each ETB area; the certification level of the courses provided; the duration of the contracts awarded; and when they are due to be re-tendered in tabular form. (Question 12466/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Education and Training Boards)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The National Learning Network (NLN) is the largest of 17 providers of Specialist Vocational Training under the Specialist Training Provider programme.  The NLN provides approximately 80% of places under this programme in 30 different centres. The balance of the total provision is delivered by 16 other providers. The provision of the service by the NLN had been a long standing contracted arrangement with FAS and...

164. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a SUSI grant for a person (details supplied) will be expedited. (Question 11420/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Student Grant Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 176 together.
I understand that the student to which the Deputy refers has exhausted her statutory based appeals within SUSI and to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board. The Deputy will appreciate that it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the outcome of individual cases within this statutory appeals process. 
With regard to the general issue of assessment of income under the Stud...

176. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a SUSI grant will be issued to a person (details supplied). (Question 11656/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Student Grant Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 176 together.
I understand that the student to which the Deputy refers has exhausted her statutory based appeals within SUSI and to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board. The Deputy will appreciate that it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the outcome of individual cases within this statutory appeals process. 
With regard to the general issue of assessment of income under the Stud...

73. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school’s (details supplied) DEIS status was not changed from DEIS 2 to DEIS 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10471/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - DEIS Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of disadvantage. The methodology adopted to assess levels of disadvantage in schools is based on centrally h...

74. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the DEIS status of a school (details supplied) will be changed from DEIS 2 to DEIS 1. (Question 10472/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - DEIS Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of disadvantage. The methodology adopted to assess levels of disadvantage in schools is based on centrally h...

174. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason no provision has been made to provide children with a classroom for special education teaching at a school (details supplied) in view of the fact that as of September 2018 no space will be available in the current block. (Question 4948/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Schools Facilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school concerned is located in a former primary school building that was secured as part of Government policy on school divesting. 
The property is subject to a ten-year lease between the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) and the Minister for Education and Skills.
As the Deputy is aware, the school has submitted an application to my Department for additional accommodation to facilitate expansion.
Howe...

175. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to upgrade the toilets, heating and windows at a school (details supplied). (Question 4949/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Schools Facilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In January 2017 the school to which the Deputy refers applied for funding under my Department’s Emergency Works Scheme for window, toilet and heating works.  However, this application was unsuccessful as the Emergency Works Scheme is strictly to deal with sudden and unforeseen emergencies in schools.  The works sought were upgrade works and these are appropriate to the Summer Works Scheme.  
More recently, my Department did provide fundi...

243. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe to end the pay inequality that teachers endure. (Question 4331/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Teachers’ Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 242, 243, 248, 249, 252, 253 and 256 together.
The public service agreements have allowed a programme of pay restoration for public servants to start. Through this process a 15-22% pay increase was negotiated for new teachers. The agreements to date have restored an estimated 75% of the difference in pay for more recently recruited teachers and deliver full equality at later points in the scale.
As a re...

222. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there is a defibrillator in each primary, secondary and higher education institution in the country. (Question 49190/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Defibrillators in Schools Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take questions Nos. 222 and 224 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the decision to install a defibrillator is made at local level and is a matter for the governing authority of each individual school and higher education institution. 
My Department does not have information relating to the estimated cost of installing a defibrillator which, I expect, would depend on the variety of defibrillator model installed, toget...

223. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all teachers in primary, secondary and higher education institutions are mandated to be trained in the use of a defibrillator. (Question 49191/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Defibrillators in Schools Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the board of management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school. Schools are required to take all reasonable precautions to provide training for teachers to ensure the safety and welfare of their pupils. 
In recognition of the responsibility which the Education Act has imposed on Boards of Management and the increasingly complex environment in which they must operate, my...

224. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of installing a defibrillator in every primary, secondary and higher education institution in the country. (Question 49192/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Defibrillators in Schools Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take questions Nos. 222 and 224 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the decision to install a defibrillator is made at local level and is a matter for the governing authority of each individual school and higher education institution. 
My Department does not have information relating to the estimated cost of installing a defibrillator which, I expect, would depend on the variety of defibrillator model installed, toget...

184. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) can be granted a school place to attend a school. (Question 30972/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - School Enrolments)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department’s main responsibility is to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking school places in the area. 
Parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary. This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is...

638. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the person or body which ran a school (details supplied); the body which funded it; the way in which referrals were made; the organisation that inspected and oversaw it; and the courses that were taught in the school. (Question 28926/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - School Management)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was under the management of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul until it closed on the 31st August 1987. The school was established as a recognised special school in accordance with Rule 27 of the 1965 Rules for National Schools and financial assistance was provided by my Department through capitation grants and payment of teachers.  
The school operated as a Residential and Day Special S...

364. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills when work will commence on a replacement school for a school (details supplied) County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20190/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme (2019/21).
The school will be aware that preparatory work has been initiated to advance this project and my Department will continue to liaise directly with the school authorities concerned in the context of progressing the project through the architectural planning process. 
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324. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cases in which taxis are engaged to transport children to schools; the number of school children involved; and the amount spent annually per county. (Question 13528/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - School Transport)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.
Currently over 115,000 children, including almost 12,000 children with special educational needs, are being transported in over 4,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually.
In general, children with special educational needs ar...

202. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce the lumper project as part of the green school project, as suggested by the Committee of the Commemoration of the Irish Famine Victims, similar to that which is being rolled out in schools in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11375/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Famine Commemorations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is keen to support Famine commemoration where it is feasible and practicable to do so. My officials will seek further clarification regarding the project in question. This will include seeking copies of the literature being proposed for issue to schools, clarification regarding how the project would work during the period when schools are closed (i.e. holiday times), and ascertaining an understanding of how the project is...

316. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) was not awarded DEIS status when all its neighbouring schools were and the students of these schools are within the same catchment area as this school and the level of disadvantage is the same; and if he will reconsider this decision. (Question 10076/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Scheme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): DEIS is my Department’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage. The DEIS Plan 2017 sets out our vision for future intervention in the critical area of social inclusion in education policy. 
A key element of DEIS Plan 2017 Plan is the availability of a new identification process for the assessment of schools for inclusion in DEIS using centrally held CSO and DES data.  
The key data sources are the DES Primary Online Da...

317. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) was not awarded DEIS status when all its neighbouring schools were and the students of these schools are within the same catchment area as this school and the level of disadvantage is the same; and if he will reconsider this decision. (Question 10077/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Scheme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): DEIS is my Department’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage. The DEIS Plan 2017 sets out our vision for future intervention in the critical area of social inclusion in education policy. 
A key element of DEIS Plan 2017 Plan is the availability of a new identification process for the assessment of schools for inclusion in DEIS using centrally held CSO and DES data.  
The key data sources are the DES Primary Online Da...

106. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of tourism and hospitality skills training positions allocated to the Dublin South Central constituency in 2015 and 2016. (Question 4966/17 asked on 02 Feb 2017 - Skills Development)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): My Department has overall responsibility for policy development for education and training provision across the economy including the hospitality and tourism sector. There are no plans to re-establish a dedicated training organisation for the sector, but rather to deliver the required education and training through the mainstream higher and further education and training sectors, in line with provision for other...

107. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding that was allocated to the Dublin South Central constituency for tourism and hospitality skills training in 2015 and 2016 by his Department and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. (Question 4968/17 asked on 02 Feb 2017 - Skills Development)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): My Department has overall responsibility for policy development for education and training provision across the economy including the hospitality and tourism sector. There are no plans to re-establish a dedicated training organisation for the sector, but rather to deliver the required education and training through the mainstream higher and further education and training sectors, in line with provision for other...