South Tipperary Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes has today (Wednesday) announced that two Tipperary schools are to receive two new classes this September under a programme announced by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). The two new classes will cater for children with special needs and come as part of a nationwide announcement that will benefit over 500 children in 88 mainstream primary and post primary schools.
“Both St. Mary’s CBS in Clonmel and Ardfinnan National School will now provide new classes for children with significant needs who cannot currently be educated in a mainstream classroom setting. This announcement will be of particular benefit to children with autism or those suffering from a specific speech and language disorder.
“Classes such as these will provide vital support to students with special needs, particularly as they transition from primary to post primary settings. These classes have lower pupil-teacher ratios than mainstream classes, ranging from one teacher for six pupils to one teacher for eleven pupils.
“This Government remains committed to prioritising and investing in supports for children with special needs, and I believe today’s announcement demonstrates that commitment” Tom Hayes said.