Two Tipperary schools have been included under a new Department of Eduation pilot programme of a new model for allocating additional teaching resources to schools to support children with special educational needs, as recommended by the National Council for Special Education.
The two schools are Scoil Naisiunta na hInse in the primary sector and St Joseph’s CBS at secondary level.
The schools were chosen following a selection process designed to ensure that as full a range of schools as possible would be represented, to take account of disadvantaged classification, gender mix, school size and sector. The schools have agreed to participate in the pilot project on a voluntary basis.
The news has been welcomed by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, who said: “This is very welcome news. Two Tipperary schools have been selected for the pilot project, Scoil Naisiunta Na Hinse in Thurles and St Joseph’s CBS in Nenagh. I look forward to hearing the outcome of the pilot project and the possible roll out to other schools in Tipperary in the future.”