Law compelling schools to take pupils with extra needs set to be fast-tracked

Published date23 June 2022
Publication titleIrish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The aim is to update section 37A of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018, under which the Minister can serve a notice on a school mandating that they make an additional provision for children with special educational needs

Sources said this process can currently take up to 18 months, with detailed processes stipulated under the current legislation for the Minister and the National Council for Special Education.

Speaking last week, Ms Madigan told the Dáil she would use "whatever legislative tools I can" to provide more places for children. "As members will know, I already initiated the section 37A process. We are currently examining how we can streamline that process...

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