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566 new resource teachers are on their way for children with special needs

Resource teachers are in addition to the mainstream class teacher.

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OVER 500 NEW resource teachers are on their way to Irish schools.

There will also be over 400 teachers available for newly-diagnosed students and students who have moved schools in the second round of posts.

Today, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) published the allocation of resource teacher posts to schools for the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

It explained:

Resource teachers are dedicated posts that support students with special educational needs and are additional to the mainstream class teacher.

There will be 7,020 resource teacher posts in schools for September 2016, which is an increase of 566 posts (almost 9%) compared to September 2015.

NCSE CEO Teresa Griffin noted:

In addition, the NCSE will be in a position to allocate a second round of posts in October to provide for newly diagnosed students and students who may move schools between now and the new school year. We have 422 posts available to respond to such needs.

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This table shows that the number of resource teaching posts has risen by over 1,700 posts or almost 33% since September 2013:

SNAs Source: NCSE

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