Allocation of hours for siblings

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Allocation of hours for siblings

Unread post by admin_bbw » Apr 30th, '18, 14:33

We raised two points with the Dept of Education regarding provision hours for siblings on behalf of
followers that had queries.

Q1) Where siblings are in receipt of the home provision what hours will they be eligible for?

Possible scenarios we outlined were….
a. Siblings all in a primary school setting.
b. Siblings all in a secondary school setting.
c. Siblings in separate primary school and secondary school settings.
d. One or more siblings in a special needs setting with other(s) in a mainstream setting.

In response the Dept stated

Allocations to siblings are reflective of the school grouping principle. This is where
one teacher is allocated to a class of six pupils at the appropriate educational level,
primary or post primary. The age or ability of siblings is reflected in their education
level as determined by education and health professionals. In general where a child
is receiving their education in a class setting with other children of mixed age and
ability, this should carry through to their July (“home”) Provision. Accordingly it is
considered appropriate, as in a school situation, that a tutor can provide tuition at the
appropriate educational level to more than one sibling at that level simultaneously in
the home. In such circumstances a combined allocation will be sanctioned and the
children must be tutored together.

(a) Siblings all in primary school (combined allocation)
(b) Siblings all in secondary school (combined allocation)
(c) 1 Sibling in primary and 1 sibling in secondary school (separate allocation).
(d) 1 sibling in special needs setting and 1 sibling in mainstream setting (separate allocation)

Q2) If siblings have different educational needs can families contract the services of different teachers per sibling? If so, will pre-approval be required?

In response the Dept stated

In recognition of the differentiated needs of some siblings, applications for separate allocations will be considered on a case by case basis. Applications in this regard will require supporting documentation, including professional reports from a psychologist or a letter from the principal of the school, detailing the existing arrangements currently in place for the respective children and providing reasons why they cannot be tutored together in the home.

If you have any questions about the scheme and how it works please feel free to message us or alternatively email us using Support@JulyProvision.com.

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