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Education Minister praises special education sector

17 June, 2011 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has praised the quality of education provided in special schools across the north of Ireland.

The Minister was speaking as he visited Ceara School in Lurgan. He said: “Our special schools are doing an outstanding job working with and nurturing children and young people in our society who have complex additional needs.

“Ceara has a very important place in the schools’ estate. For many years it has been doing invaluable work with some of the most vulnerable children in our schools and cannot be praised enough.

“When the school was last assessed by the Education and Training Inspectorate, the quality of both the education and pastoral care within the school was found to be outstanding. Having had the pleasure of touring the school today and meeting with pupils, teachers and other staff it is easy to see why.

“As well as the high quality of education provided, the children and young people at the school are involved in a number of other activities and their enthusiasm for these activities was very apparent. For example, the school has its own Brownies, Cub and Scout troop as well as a choir that has become very popular over recent years, performing in other schools, care homes and community centres. They have also been involved in projects with partner schools in seven other countries across Europe.

“There is no doubt that the school makes a real difference to the lives of so many children and young people and also their families and I would like to commend the Principal, teachers and all the staff for their continuing excellent work.”

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