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October 2017

Review of special education teacher supports where there are exceptional circumstances or needs arising in a school

The National Council for Special Education has set out procedures for schools seeking a review of their special education teacher allocation and the utilisation of that allocation, on the grounds that very exceptional circumstances have arisen in the school.

The following are examples of circumstances which may be considered grounds for review:

  • A family with four children who have very complex special educational needs have moved to a rural area. All of these children enrol in a small school where the overall level of special education teaching allocation in this school clearly does not have capacity to meet this additional need and severely impacts upon the schools resources.
  • Very significant and immediate changes to the local population in a short space of time, such as a resettlement programme, where a large number of children with special educational needs enrol in a school, and where the overall level of special education teaching allocation in this school clearly does not have capacity to meet this additional need.
  • Very significant additional enrolments of children with very complex special educational needs in a small school, due to exceptional circumstances such as the closure of a special school or capacity issues arising in a local special school, resulting in additional enrolments in the mainstream school, and where the overall level of special education teaching allocation to the mainstream school clearly does not have capacity to meet this additional need.

Full details are available here.


Date: Wednesday, 11 October 17