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 more 040. All Special Schools to come under one system
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 more 127. Restoration of the 15% cut to Resource Hours to schools
When it comes to Special Education in Ireland, we have a very interesting system, full of the right intentions but with a complete lack of investment. The government will trot out figures that there are over 1,000 special classes for pupils with specific special needs that are integrated into primary schools. At first glance, this … Read more 019. We need far more special classes to cater for all needs
After the Celtic Tiger and the country went bankrupt, the government had to save money and make cuts to education. Because they have less of a voice, they cut from the most vulnerable people in our society. Over the last few years, they made cuts to children from EAL and Traveller backgrounds. They cut as much as … Read more #GE16 and Primary Education: Special Education
I usually have strong convictions about issues affecting the education system but I am really not sure which way to vote in the Lansdowne Road Agreement so I thought I would take the two main advocates of either side of the debate and try and make it into a balanced guide. By the end of me … Read more Lansdowne Road Agreement: Vote Yes or No?
The new proposed NCSE model is likely to be sanctioned very soon. I wrote about my concerns last year, as did a number of others during the consultation. It appears that the NCSE either didn’t read any of the contributions or they have chosen to completely ignore them. In fact, it would be interesting to compare the … Read more One School’s Plea to the NCSE