New special needs funding paves way for 300 teacher jobs
AN estimated 300 teaching jobs at primary schools across the country are on the cards for the new year following the allocation of additional funding to support children with special educational needs.
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) announced that primary schools would get another €28m in funding for the remainder of the 2012/2013 school year to provide teaching and other supports to children with special needs.
The allocation brings to a total of €685m the funds that the state body has provided for special education posts in this academic year alone.
The additional funding means that an estimated 300 full-time teaching posts could be created when schools re-open following the Christmas break, according to the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO). There are more than 22,000 children receiving special needs assistance.