Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding proposed by the Minister for Education, Michelle McIlveen has been allocated £35.7 million in the June monitoring round process.
A further £3.3 million to support education with a number of COVID-19 pressures was also confirmed by the Finance Minister Conor Murphy today as part of the monitoring allocations.
The Minister said: "Today’s confirmation for an additional £35.7 million funding for SEN is very welcome news. This will support pressures relating to special schools and specialist support in mainstream schools, SEN support services and SEN transport; and includes a further £8 million to support implementation of the new SEN framework."
The Minister continued: “This has been an extremely challenging year for the Education sector and I am therefore pleased that my Department will be able to provide additional funding to deal with the pressures caused by COVID-19. It is also reassuring to know that consideration will be given to additional funding should more pressures materialise in the next academic year."
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