Education

UPDATE ON PELLETSTOWN ETNS

23 May 2019

I recently questioned the Department for Education about the progress of the new school building for Pelletstown Educate Together National School. It is vital that the new school building is built in a timely manner, and that the school will not be broken up and the students shipped around the city when the lease of … Continue reading Update on Pelletstown ETNS

SITE FOR EDMUND RICE COLLEGE

10 May 2019

I recently questioned the Department for Education about the progress of the new school building for Edmund Rice College. It is important for the families in the school to know when construction on the new permanent building will commence and when the new building is expected to open. The Minister informed me that the plans … Continue reading Site for Edmund Rice College

NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR BLANCHARDSTOWN

10 May 2019

In April 2018, it was announced that there would be a new 800 secondary school to serve the Blanchardstown West and Blanchardstown Village school planning areas. I recently questioned the Minister for Education on whether a site for this new school had been identified and what proposals he had in relation to the patronage of … Continue reading New Secondary School for Blanchardstown

ASD SCHOOL FOR DUBLIN WEST

9 May 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department for Education regarding autism specific education in Dublin 15 & Dublin 7 for children at primary and secondary level. I asked the Minister about the promises he made regarding an autsim specific school. He had previously agreed that there is a need for special school for … Continue reading ASD School for Dublin West

PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN WITH ASD

12 March 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department of Education over the lack of training provided by the Department to educators of vulnerable children with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Teachers are often left to train at their own expense on courses related to teaching children with autism, but do not receive the recognition they … Continue reading Provision of Training for Educators of Children with ASD

ACTION NEEDED ON AUTISM SPECIFIC SCHOOL FOR DUBLIN 15

19 February 2019

A survey of Primary and Secondary School Principals in Dublin 15 by a group of parents and professionals campaigning for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specific School has confirmed what parents already knew, that the educational and developmental needs of some of the most vulnerable children are not being met in ASD classes in mainstream … Continue reading Action Needed on Autism Specific School for Dublin 15

ADDITIONAL PREFAB ACCOMMODATION AT PELLETSTOWN ETNS

15 February 2019

At a recent meeting of Pelletstown Educate Together National School, I undertook to the parents and teachers that were present at the very pack meeting that I would raise the urgent need to obtain additional prefabs on the current temporary site of school before the next academic year in September. Pelletstown Educate Together National School … Continue reading Additional Prefab Accommodation at Pelletstown ETNS

DAIL EIREANN DEBATE – REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND SKILLS: MOTION

1 February 2019

Speaking recently in the Dail on the ‘Report on Training and Supports for Providers of Special Needs Education and Education in DEIS Schools,’ Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton, thanked the Joint Committee on Education and Skills for producing this very valuable report, and commended all the people who work in special needs schools … Continue reading Dail Eireann Debate – Report of Joint Committee on Education and Skills: Motion

SPEECH THERAPY AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES

12 December 2018

MINISTERS’ REPLIES TO PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS ON HEALTH & CHILDREN AND YOUTH AFFAIRS For Written Answer on : 11/12/2018 Question Number(s): 275 Question Reference(s): 51511/18 Department: Health Asked by: Joan Burton T.D. ______________________________________________ QUESTION To ask the Minister for Health the length of time children are waiting for speech therapy and occupational therapy services after assessment for developmental language disorder a … Continue reading Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services

BRIEFING PAPER: SPECIAL SCHOOLS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER DESIGNATION

4 December 2018

  Introduction Information directly related to the Deputy’s queries about educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Special Schools is front-loaded. Additional information had been inserted into Appendices. A number of the Deputy’s queries are covered by sections in recent NCSE reports. Where directly relevant these sections have been repeated wholesale. The NCSE has a … Continue reading Briefing Paper: Special Schools with Autism Spectrum Disorder designation