New Special Education Model with benefit Louth
THE new Special Education Model will help many children in Louth and East Meath, it has been claimed.
The new model for allocating Special Education Teaching Resources to mainstream primary and post primary schools was announced last Wednesday by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton and will be introduced from September 2017.
The announcement of the new plan has been welcomed by local Deputy Fergus O’Dowd who said it will be ‘a fairer and more appropriate way’ to allocate resources to support children with Special Educational Needs and said it will benefit children in the Louth and East Meath area.
An additional 900 teaching posts will be provided to support the introduction of this new allocation model.
The additional provision will ensure that up to 1,000 schools will receive additional allocations, where the new model indicates additional need and No school will receive an allocation of resources less than the allocation they received in the 2016/17 school year.
Deputy O’Dowd said: ‘Over the last number of months I have seen first hand the commitment Minister Bruton has shown in the educational sector to make it a fairer and more compassionate area.
‘We will see better outcomes for children with special educational needs in our community and many more children will now have the ability to progress and fulfil their potentials, and we will see the other problems which exist in the current model slowly eradicated.’
The new allocation model, which has been devised by a working group established by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) chaired by Eamon Stack, Chairperson of the Council, and further developed by the Department of Education and Skills in close collaboration with parents, teachers, disability representatives and other stakeholders, is aimed at providing better outcomes for children with special educational needs, and at addressing potential unfairness in the current model.
It is be based on the profiled special educational need of each school.
The new special education teacher allocation model will allocate teachers to schools on the basis of the profiled educational needs of each school in the Louth and East Meath area.
‘ This will end the unfairness which exists in the current system, whereby many parents are unable to access the assessments needed to qualify for educational resources,’ said the Deputy. ‘ This had a particularly negative impact on children from more disadvantaged areas.’
He said the main benefits of the new model are the fact that barriers to accessing resources will be removed and children who need support can have the support provided immediately rather than having to wait for a diagnosis.
‘Resources will be linked with genuine need, and children will not be unnecessarily, or inappropriately, labelled in order to access resources,’ he added.