Sunday 17 December 2017

Dr Joseph Travers: Review of inclusive education must not upset fragile system

The current system for allocating additional educational supports to schools is inadequate.
The current system for allocating additional educational supports to schools is inadequate.

Dr Joseph Travers

A LONG overdue review of how the €1.3bn spent annually providing additional educational supports in the school system is used has the potential to create a better way to target resources to the children who need it most and to ensure we are properly supporting inclusive education.

At the moment, we cannot say with certainty that those with the greatest level of need are receiving the highest level of support, or that the distribution of resources is equitable.

Regardless of arguments in relation to taxation and spending, and the choices we make as a society, the sustainable funding of inclusive education in a way that is equitable and adequate in ensuring all children receive an appropriate education is a complex task. Moving from a disgracefully low base, we have, since 1998, built up our system of inclusive education based on a demand-driven policy.

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