The quality of the provision for educational assessment, training and research at the Middletown Centre for Autism is outstanding.
That was the key finding in an inspection report on the Middletown Centre published today. As the centre delivers specialist autism support, training and research on an all-Ireland basis, the inspection was completed jointly by the Education and Training Inspectorate from the north and the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate in the south.
The inspection examined the work undertaken by the centre to provide educational support to children, professionals and parents of children with autism.
It concluded that “The centre is meeting very effectively the needs of the young people, their peers, parents and professionals and has demonstrated its capacity for sustained improvement".
The report also highlights the “effectiveness of leadership and management in securing improvements and developing the quality of the service provision as very good” and both Inspectorates believed that the provision provided by the Centre offered “excellent value for money”.
Education Minister, John O’Dowd said: “I welcome this very positive joint inspection report that recognises the excellent work being carried out by the Middletown Centre for Autism in supporting the educational needs of children with autism through direct support, training and research.
“In particular, I would like to acknowledge the ongoing work and commitment of the staff at Middletown who have continued to deliver a high quality service that rightly receives recognition within the report. “I am confident that the expansion of services agreed by the North South Ministerial Council in June will allow the centre to build upon the work highlighted by this inspection in the years ahead.”