Increase in Resource Teacher allocations for Co Leitrim schools

Minister makes announcement this morning

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Increase in Resource Teacher allocations for Co Leitrim schools

he Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D.

Co Leitrim primary and post primary schools are set to benefit from an overall increase in Resoucre Teaching posts as a result of an additional allocation made for October 2016.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton has  welcomed the allocation of 430 additional Resource Teachers to schools to provide extra teaching support to children with special educational needs.

The total number of Resource Teachers which have been allocated to schools by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), for the 2016/17 school year, is now 7,429 posts. These posts will provide additional teaching support for over 47,000 pupils with low incidence disabilities who attend mainstream schools.

The allocation of 430 posts now being made, provides for a second round of allocations to schools, subsequent to the allocations which were made in advance of September 2016.

The Minister said "This Government’s basic aim is to use our economic progress to deliver a fair society. Our supports for children with special educational needs is at the very heart of this effort.

"Resource teachers play a vital role in providing for the educational needs of students with special educational needs. This substantial additional allocation of resources will meet the needs of students with Special Educational Needs who have been enrolled in schools, or who have been assessed as having additional needs, since the first round of allocations which was made in May of this year."

The allocation of 7429 posts represents an increase of almost 9%, or just over 600 posts above the allocation of 6822 posts made to schools at this time last year.

Details of the Resource Teaching allocations which have been made to each school, and on a per County basis, are available at the NCSE website www.ncse.ie