Further 5% Reduction For Special Education

It has been confirmed that there will be a 5% reduction in teaching supports for children with special educational needs.

Announcing overall allocation for next year, the National Council for Special Education said demand for resource teachers was increasing. However a cap on the number of teachers allowed meant all children requiring support would get less.

Last year there was a 10% cut in the allocation for individual children.

The 15% cut over a two-year period effectively means that a child who has been recognised as needing five hours support per week will now get just four-and-a-quarter hours.

The NCSE said it would encourage schools to pool resources and to 'team teach' to try to maximise their resource.


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