Education Minister comments on pre-school provision in special schools

Date published: 09 March 2016

The Education Minister has asked the Education Authority to urgently revisit its decision regarding pre-school provision for children placed in special schools.

John O'Dowd MLA

The Minister said:

“Given the current level of concerns and what I consider to be a lack of proper consultation on behalf of the Authority with parents and schools on this matter, I have instructed the Chair to formally revisit the decision reached in June of 2015.

“Before reaching a final decision on how pre-school provision in special schools should be designed and delivered, I have called on the EA to provide me with assurances that there has been full and open engagement with those most directly affected by any decision on pre-school provision in special schools and that they have been listened to.

“I have also emphasised that the overriding consideration must be how best to meet the needs of the children who will be accessing that provision.”

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