New class­room sup­ports an­nounced

Prov­ince says new hires have hap­pened through­out the prov­ince

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The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment says it is ad­dress­ing rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in a re­port on in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion and hir­ing to pro­vide more sup­ports to stu­dents, fam­i­lies and teach­ers has taken place.

The goal, says the prov­ince’s ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, is to pro­vide more sup­ports to stu­dents and fam­i­lies, while also less­en­ing the bur­den on teach­ers.

The prov­ince says ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tants, par­ent nav­i­ga­tors, autism and be­hav­ioral sup­port spe­cial­ists, school psy­chol­o­gists, and speech lan­guage pathol­o­gists have been hired to bet­ter sup­port stu­dents in the class­room.

“We know the model of in­clu­sion needs to change so that all our kids have the sup­ports they need to help them suc­ceed. We’ve started with on-the-ground re­sources that par­ents and teach­ers have told us are needed most ur­gently,” said Zach Churchill, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment, in a me­dia re­lease is­sued last week. “The new sup­ports hired are over and above what al­ready ex­ists, and this is just the be­gin­ning. We ex­pect to add even more class­room help as we con­tinue to reshape the in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion model.”

The sup­ports spread out across the prov­ince in­clude:

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