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Nolan calls for submissions from Stakeholders on NEPS

8 March, 2017

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan who has been appointed Rapporteur on behalf of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to commission a report on the National Education Psychological Service (NEPS) has called for submissions from stakeholders on the issue.

Teachta Nolan said:

“I am delighted to be appointed as Rapporteur on behalf of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to undertake a report on the NEPS.

“As a former learning support teacher and acting principal, I am only too aware of the importance of this critical service in supporting our children.

“I am aware that there are 619 schools across the state who do not have access to a NEPS psychologist for the purposes of assessment and the availability of assessments is very constrained meaning that children from privileged backgrounds, who can access private assessment, can bypass the system.

“While I am aware that the new resource allocation model will allow schools to provide supports to pupils in the absence of an assessment, the Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs 2004 provides a statutory right to an assessment and it is important to provide guidance to schools and parents of the child’s needs.

“I plan to undertake meetings with stakeholders and carry out a survey of a sample of schools in order to get a clear picture of the experience in dealing with the service and the views of stakeholders on any improvements that need to be made.

“I am asking that interested parties submit their views to me either in writing or via email before the 28th April 2017.

“Further details of the consultation process will be available on the Sinn Féin website this afternoon.” 

Note: Attached is the survey to which Deputy Nolan is seeking responses

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