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Minister announces 430 new resource teachers to help children with special education needs

The allocation means there will now be nearly 7,500 special needs teachers in the system.

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EDUCATION MINISTER RICHARD Bruton has announced there will be an extra 430 resource teachers brought into the Irish school system.

The announcement bring to 7,429 the number of these teachers who will be working with children with special needs.

The Minister said the announcement represents a 9% increase in the number of teachers available.

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

The newly announced posts will provide support to over 47,000 pupils.

Bruton said: “This Government’s basic aim is to use our economic progress to deliver a fair society. Our supports for children with special educational needs is at the very heart of this effort.

Resource teachers play a vital role in providing for the educational needs of students with special educational needs.

“This substantial additional allocation of resources will meet the needs of students with Special Educational Needs who have been enrolled in schools, or who have been assessed as having additional needs, since the first round of allocations which was made in May of this year.”

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