Herbertstown National School Extension

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To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on an application in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Limerick. – Dan Neville.

Asking the Minister tomake a statement on the following matter regarding Herbertstown National School, Herbertstown, Kilmallock, County Limerick. The school recently applied for a devolved grant to build on additional classrooms and a general purpose room etc., also the school applied for a full time learning support resource teacher as the school has an increase in enrolment. When will the minister be making a decision on the applications for the Devolved Grant? I am asking the minister to look favourable on the application made by Herbertstown National School as the school has only three classrooms and a prefab which is over 20 years old. The existing prefab has been divided into three sections and is used by the Resource Teacher, the Learning Support Teacher and is also used as a storage facility and a library. This school is over crowded presently. I fully support this school’s application for a full time Learning Support/Resource Teacher. Currently the school has 71 on it’s roll and they will have 82 or more in September 2010. They have a junior infant child enrolled for September 2010 who is Autistic and the school has applied for five hours resource time for this pupil, which would give the school a total of 12 resourced hours.

* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 20th May, 2010.

Reference Number: 21223/10


Tánaiste Mary Coughlan

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school was approved a devolved grant to build an additional two classrooms to meet the school’s most immediate needs. The school was advised of this by letter from my Department on 7th May 2010.

In relation to the learning support resource teacher, the general allocation model was introduced in primary schools in September 2005 to ensure that each school has learning support/resource teaching support available to meet the needs of children with high incidence special educational needs. Schools decide themselves how best to use this allocation based on the needs of the pupils and how to adjust their support in line with the changing needs of pupils as they mature. The Department provided a circular SP ED 02/05 to schools to assist them in deploying the General Allocation Model resources.

In that context, I can confirm that the school to which the Deputy refers did make an application for resource teaching. However, the application had insufficient information so the school were requested to re-submit their application. When the additional information is received the application will be considered further.