Education Authority failing in its responsibilities to parents and children on SEN
In a joint statement after today’s meeting at Oakwood Special School, Sinn Féin MLAs Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Alex Maskey said:
"The meeting this morning was a further setback in the discussion for the future provision of special educational needs children.
"This meeting was an opportunity for the Education Authority to meaningful engage in a dialogue with parents.
"However, the failure of the Chief Executive and the Director of Children and Young People Services to attend the meeting, after commitments were made to Sinn Féin in a meeting as recently as Monday, has most regrettably resulted in a real breakdown of trust between parents, school and the Education Authority.
"To date, the Education Authority has failed to properly carry forward this process in an open and transparent manner without a predetermined outcome
"The Education Authority as a matter of urgency needs to demonstrate its ability to meaningfully engage and build trust with parents, pupils and schools in order to take forward future provision for Special Educational Needs in the best interests of children."