Three schools to get special needs class

Three local schools are to get new classes this month for children with special needs.

Three local schools are to get new classes this month for children with special needs.

Scoil Lachtain in Freshford, St Patrick’s De La Salle in the city, and Castlecomer Community School are among the 118 schools across Ireland that will open new special needs classes, according to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

It will bring the total number of special classes in mainstream schools nationwide to over 740, catering for over 5,000 children with special needs when all classes are open. Special classes in mainstream schools are one of the options available to parents of children with significant needs who cannot be educated in a mainstream class, for example, some autistic children.

“Every year, more schools respond positively to the needs of children in their communities by opening special classes. This means that fewer children with special educational needs have to travel long distances to schools,” said Teresa Griffin, chief executive of the NCSE. We are delighted to have the continued support of schools in creating these new classes.”

A new booklet to help parents choose a school for children with special needs has also been launched. It can be downloaded from the NCSE website www.ncse.ie.