117. Increase the number of social workers

Just how bad do things have to get before Child Protection is taken seriously in Ireland? It seems no matter what scandal unfolds, we spend loads of money trying to find out what went wrong and creating new guidelines for people working with young people. Yes, it’s the usual story with Tusla. Their answer to … Read more117. Increase the number of social workers

068. Any school with special classes must be given extra administrative support

There are many schools with special classes. Most of them are for children with Autism. These classes come with a large amount of administrative work and usually a principal will delegate this to the Deputy Principal, who, more often than not, will also have full-time teaching duties.  My suggestion is that any school with any … Read more068. Any school with special classes must be given extra administrative support

051. Cluster OTs and SLTs to Schools

Special Educational Needs in Irish schools are a total disaster so this idea isn’t going to fix it. However, it might be a decent step in the right direction. When a child requires OT or SLT support, they join a very long waiting list and when they get an appointment, it’s generally during school, and … Read more051. Cluster OTs and SLTs to Schools

040. All Special Schools to come under one system

Much like mainstream schools, there are a few different types of special schools that have different methodologies. Taking religion out of the argument (for once) I don’t understand why there are more than one type of special school model out there. Between Abacus, Scoil Sinéad, Saplings, The Red Door, to name a few, there is … Read more040. All Special Schools to come under one system

127. Restoration of the 15% cut to Resource Hours to schools

In the midst of the recession, one of the early cuts to education was a 15% reduction in support hours for pupils with additional needs. This meant that pupils receiving 5 hours per week of support were down 45 minutes of support per week. When not much came in the way of protest, Ruairi Quinn, … Read more127. Restoration of the 15% cut to Resource Hours to schools

018. Ensure that classes for children with ASD are properly supported

Special classes for children with autism account for over 80% of special classes in mainstream schools. Their original intention was to be a stepping stone from a special class to a mainstream class for children on the milder end of the spectrum. This is why there are generally a maximum of 2 classes in any … Read more018. Ensure that classes for children with ASD are properly supported

020. Provide Mental Health Services to Pupils

If you’ve work in a primary school for over a decade, and you were asked what was the number one change in pupils since you began your career, it wouldn’t be a surprise if children’s mental health was top of the list. However, accessing services for mental health is almost impossible, leading to a deterioration … Read more020. Provide Mental Health Services to Pupils

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