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Ballymun Educational Support Team School completion programme cannot take further cuts –Cllr Reilly

12 January, 2015

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Noeleen Reilly has criticised the department of Children and Youth affairs who are looking to implement further cuts on the school completion programme in Ballymun.

She said’

‘I have been contacted by a number of schools in Ballymun who have received letters stating that the funding for the school completion programme is under threat in 2015.  This funding went a long way to assisting children and young people who are at risk of leaving school early. The programme has been successful in increasing participation in schools and helping vulnerable students mix socially with their peers and it has led to a greater reduction in class room disruption.’

The Ballymun Educational Support Team works with eight DEIS schools through a range of programmes and activities such as school breakfast clubs, small group work, one to ones, the incredible years programme to prevent and treat emotional and behavioural difficulties and a transition programme that supports children moving from primary to post primary school.

She further added,

‘BEST SCP makes a vital contribution to lives of approximately 300 children and young people in Ballymun every year.  Front line services in Ballymun have already been badly affected by cuts to the school completion programme of 33% since 2008/2009.  These cuts directly impact on the lives of young people in the area who may need that extra assistance.  I am calling on the minister to ring fence this funding and support the schools in the area that do such fantastic work in helping students.’

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