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Pilot project in schools for special needs resource allocations

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/09/2015. Pilot project in schools for special needs resource allocationsTags: Education And Politics Teachers

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, yesterday announced that a pilot of a new model for allocating additional teaching resources to schools to support children with special educational needs, as recommended by the National Council for Special Education, will take place in 47 schools during the 2015/16 school year.

Following a selection process designed to ensure that as full a range of schools as possible would be represented, to take account of disadvantaged classification, gender mix, school size and sector,47 Schools (28 primary schools and 19 post primary schools) have agreed to participate in the pilot project on a voluntary basis.  An initial training and orientation day for these schools is taking place in Athlone today.
Details of the schools which will participate in the pilot project can be found here

The pilot will include schools from various parts of the country of different types and sizes.
The Minister said today that: “while there has been broad support for the proposed new allocation model among the school sector and parental and disability representative organisations, there had not been time to address all of the outstanding issues in time to fully implement the new model for 2015.  

“In order to maintain momentum behind the NCSE proposal, I have established a pilot which will take place in the 2015/16 school year. Reform of the allocation system is needed and I am committed to achieving that goal. 
“This pilot has therefore been developed in order to test the model in a number of schools and to allow for the practical effect of the application of the new model in pilot schools to be gauged, while also taking into account the learning experiences of schools, principals, pupils and the views of parents.”

Check out the participating schools here.


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