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Sinn Féin Bill to ensure that kids with special educational needs are not left behind - Nolan

10 July, 2017

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Carol Nolan TD will move legislation in the Dáil tomorrow to increase the powers of the Department of Education's inspectorate to ensure that individual educational plans are in place for every child with special educational needs.

Deputy Nolan has criticised the Government for not implementing all of the provisions of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (EPSEN) 2004 leaving many children without the focussed plans they require to meet their potential.

Speaking today, Teachta Nolan said;

“It is simply not acceptable that children could be denied the special attention that they need.  The provision of individual educational plans for every child with special educational needs is a relatively low cost measure that would have a major impact on the lives of these children.

“My Bill, which I am introducing tomorrow, extends the powers of the Department’s inspectorate to inspect each plan for these children which will help to ensure that the plans are put in place.

“It will also ensure that data and observations on these plans are provided to the Minister to help ensure, not only that the plans are put in place, but that they of a high quality.”

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