25th June 2013 - Reversal of special needs cut comes as ‘huge relief’, says IPPN

The decision by the Government to reverse the cut to special educational needs teaching resources will come as a huge relief to children, school principals, teachers and families, according to the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), the professional body for primary school leaders.

 

IPPN is now urging the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, to adopt formula-based funding for children with special educational needs. That will bring greater transparency, fairness and equity of the funding available, ensuring that resources follow each specific child.

Seán Cottrell, IPPN’s Director, said the decision shows the Government has heeded the call by IPPN and others to reverse the cut.

‘IPPN called for the cut to be reversed, describing it as regressive and damaging to society,’ said Mr Cottrell. ‘It will come as a huge relief to many people, particularly children with special educational needs, their parents and teachers. We must invest in services for children most in need of support, in line with the 1916 Proclamation which pledged to “cherish all the children of the nation equally”,’ he said.

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