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‘EA must act in children’s best interests’ - Mullan

14 November, 2017 - by Karen Mullan

The Education Authority (EA) must, at all times, act in the best interests of children and young people at Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Karen Mullan has said.

Commenting ahead of a meeting with the EA Senior management team, the Foyle MLA said she would be raising a number of issues.

“I have particular concerns regarding the education and transport of children with special educational needs,” she commented.

“Since the beginning of school term there have been reports of a range of unacceptable transport incidents involving children with special educational needs and I will be seeking assurances from the authority that this doesn’t happen again.

“I will also be seeking assurances that there will be no roll back in nursery provision for children with special educational needs. Again, this follows reports from parents that children are being placed in part-time provision against their wishes. This is unacceptable in the context of the ongoing review of special educational needs nursery provision which has not yet been published. 

“Following recent changes to minibus licensing regulations, I will also be calling on the EA to work with the Department of Infrastructure and the Department of Education to ensure that appropriate mitigations are put in place to ensure schools can continue to deliver extra-curricular activities, trips and other transportation services without impediment.

“Across all of these issues I will be urging the Authority to always act in the best interests of children at all times.”

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