• Irish Schools to get 118 new special needs classes this month

    Posted on September 9, 2013 by in News Updates

    Monday, September 09, 2013 – Irish Examiner

    118 new classes will open later this month for children with special needs.

    The National Council for Special Education said the new classes will cater for over 700 children with special needs in 113 mainstream primary and post-primary schools.

    It will bring the total number of special accommodation rooms in mainstream schools to more than 740 nationwide .

    The classrooms have lower pupil-teacher ratios than mainstream classes, ranging from one teacher for six pupils to one teacher for 11 pupils.

    The National Council for Special Education says a new booklet to help parents select a school for their child will also be published.

    The Head of Operations with the NCSE, Shay Goulding, said their aim is provide greater options for parents of children with significant needs who cannot be educated in a mainstream room.

    “The booklet will outline what information or what supports are available, and it will identify the key issues to guide and support parents,” he said.

    The county-by-county breakdown of special classes is available on the NCSE website at www.ncse.ie.

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