Added spe­cial ed re­sources con­sid­ered for Holy Fam­ily

Fingal Independent - - COM­MU­NITY NEWS -

HOLY Fam­ily Se­nior School in Swords is to be con­sid­ered for ad­di­tional re­sources for spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion.

Lo­cal Fine Gael Se­na­tor James Reilly has wel­comed con­fir­ma­tion from Min­is­ter Richard Bru­ton’s of­fice that Holy Fam­ily Se­nior School, in Swords will be re­ferred to the NCSE Na­tional Coun­cil for Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to con­sider ad­di­tional re­sources to meet the needs of that school.

Se­na­tor Reilly said: ‘I look for­ward to the out­come of the re­view and hope­fully ad­di­tional re­sources be­ing al­lo­cated for spe­cial needs pu­plils at this school in Swords.’

In an email sent to the se­na­tor from Min­is­ter Bru­ton, the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion states his re­sponse to an ap­peal for more re­sources at Holy Fam­ily, say­ing: ‘ The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills has just ap­proved the re­view process which the NCSE Na­tional Coun­cil for Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion pro­pose to use to re­view schools with ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances.

‘ The NCSE has some ca­pac­ity to pro­vide ad­di­tional re­sources for schools where there is ev­i­dence of ad­di­tional need. The re­view will in­volve an ex­am­i­na­tion of the is­sues which the school has raised and a full as­sess­ment of the full co­hort of spe­cial needs pupils in the school in­clud­ing those who in the past might have been iden­ti­fied in the learn­ing sup­port cat­e­gory (GAM). The Min­is­ter sug­gests that this case should be sub­mit­ted to the NCSE’S re­view process for its con­sid­er­a­tion.’

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