The Cabinet will tomorrow consider draft legislation that would allow the Minister for Education direct schools to quickly provide places for students with special educational needs.

It would mean that the minister could issue directions to schools within six to eight weeks after receiving a detailed report from the National Council for Special Education.

The current Section 37A process has in the past taken up to 18 months to secure a school place.

Ministers will hear tomorrow that the new legislation would be of immediate benefit in the provision of places next September.

If approved by Cabinet, the legislation could begin its journey through the Oireachtas as early as Friday with an extra Dáil sitting taking place that day.

It is likely to be enacted before the summer recess in the middle of next month.