Dáil Éireann - Volume 633 - 06 March, 2007

Written Answers. - School Discipline.

[406] Mr. Curran asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of schools in Clondalkin and Lucan that applied to the National Behaviour Support Service for assistance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8428/07]

  Ms Hanafin: A total of 124 of 742 schools applied to the National behaviour Support Service (NBSS) for assistance. Of these, 50 schools were identified to receive support as part of a phased roll-out of activity.

The NBSS will give general support and advice to the 50 schools, and special behaviour support classrooms will be set up in the 30 worst cases. The special classrooms will act as cooling-off areas for students with severe discipline problems, where they will be taught acceptable behaviour before returning to the mainstream class.

The decision to apply was a school based decision and the release of information on application numbers in set areas could lead to the release of information on schools without their permission.

The NBSS recommends that schools should be contacted directly for information on NBSS application decisions.