I'm very happy to announce that I have been co-opted to the Board of Directors of the IPPN. I have been on the IPPN National Council for over 10 years and I am grateful for the nomination to this new position. #edchatie
As you might appreciate, I will be unable to continue my weekly podcast on this page. I will however revert back to supporting teachers and principals with educational technology advice. I have also removed myself as a director of Mash.ie, though the business will otherwise continue as normal. I will also not be acting on behalf of any other organisation while a member of the IPPN board which might create a conflict of interest.
If you do comment, please be mindful that I will have to remove anything that could be perceived as problematic for me. I am looking forward to working this new role.
Don't we technically have a "Full Inclusion Model" in Ireland already? #edchatie
I've been thinking a little more about the Full Inclusion Model that's being proposed and it came to me that we already have this model in Ireland, in a way.
Right now, parents have the right to send their child into any type of setting that they want. They also have a right for their child to be supported if they have additional needs through the NCSE. So, let's say I have a kid with moderate additional needs, I can send him into my local school if I want and expect him to get the supports he needs from the school and the NCSE. There is actually nothing stopping me from doing this.
Following this logic, we have to ask the question as to why parents are not sending their child into this mainstream setting, and are choosing a special class or a special school setting.
There aren't going to be any further supports provided to every single school in the country - we've already been told this.
The way I'm seeing things is that we already have the structures in place for a full inclusion model (and there are some parents that are choosing this) except that parents also have the right to choose special classes/special schools. From what I am seeing, the only change that the NCSE is proposing is closing these options to parents. ... See MoreSee Less
There are a number of us that have tried the mainstream setting for our children with ASD many choose the mainstream setting due to the lack of ASD classes. A number of children are struggling in the mainstream setting and need the extra support/expertise of an ASD Special Class. These are children that have psychological recommendations for an ASD Class. While the Dept of Ed and the NCSE discuss SEN policies what about our children? #involve_d6_d6w
Perhaps there are some schools with adequate supports and resources, but realistically they are not in every school in the country. Small rural schools are completely under resourced, often with high pupil numbers in multi-grade classes. The Continuum of Support came in without any proper supports or training. SEN teachers are now being expected to carry out diagnostic tests instead of NEPS. My son with complex needs had been in mainstream primary but I shuddered to think of him in mainstream secondary and thankfully he got a place in a special school. He wasn’t even granted access to an SNA in our local mainstream secondary, so no, I don’t think the supports are there for our children.
Dublin 12 children are been failed all because the Ncse & department have no clue, its the parents & schools they need to liase with but while they gather there data , its our children who fall through the cracks.
NCSE Survey – Policy Advice on Special Schools and Classes is now open for completion Listen The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, T.D. has asked the NCSE to advise on how best to educa...