Additional learning supports
for children with special needs

Learning supports and resources for Longford children with special needs are set to increase in the coming weeks, with the announcment by The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) that a further €28m in funding has been provided for.

Learning supports and resources for Longford children with special needs are set to increase in the coming weeks, with the announcment by The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) that a further €28m in funding has been provided for.

The NCSE announced, earlier this week, that the €28m had been provided for additional teaching and care supports for children with special educational needs.

The Leader understands that these supports are in addition to the supports previously sanctioned by the NCSE in June, for the 2012/2013 school year and are for children who have been assessed since then, or who may have moved school in recent months.

Additional resources are also being provided for in Resource Teaching supports with 430 additional teaching posts being allocated to around 1,700 schools.  

Ms Teresa Griffin, Chief Executive of the NCSE said that the provision of the additional resources, supported and “inclusive” education system and children with special needs could now realise their full potential.

“We are very pleased to have sanctioned these additional teaching posts,” Ms Griffin stated, adding that an inclusive education system, enabled pupils with special educational needs, to achieve their full potential. “Some children need additional teaching support and these additional teaching and care supports for children, bring the total investment in resource teaching hours and special needs assistant support to approximately €685m for the 2012/2013 school year.”

Since schools reopened in September, the NCSE has allocated an additional 103 SNA posts to over 190 schools. “This was made in addition to over 10,300 posts that were allocated in June 2012, so that means that there are now over 10,400 SNA posts in mainstream and special schools to meet the significant care needs of over 22,000 children,” Ms Griffin continued. “The NCSE is still in a position to respond to urgent applications for SNA support that may arise later in the school year.” Log onto www.ncse.ie for more details.