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Upcoming Symposium on Special Educational Needs

5 Oct 2015

Saturday 7th November, 11.00 am-1.00 pm

Boole 4 Lecture Theatre, Main Campus UCC

Proposed New Model: Delivery for Students with Special Educational Needs - a better and more equitable way

Presenters:  Teresa Griffin, CEO, and Mary Byrne, Head of Special Education, National Council for Special Education  followed by a Q&A session

Coffee/tea available from 10.30 am

In March 2013 the School of Education, UCC, hosted a Symposium on the ‘Inclusion Agenda- 20 Years on from the Special Education Review Committee (SERC) Report’. Later that year the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), published ‘Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs in Schools’ (NCSE 2013). This was the first review of Special Education since 1993, and considered the many attitudinal, legislative and organisational changes in the intervening years. This policy advice paper contains 28 recommendations, many aimed at addressing inequalities identified in the existing system of provision. Recommendation 2 suggests that ‘a new model should be developed for the allocation of additional teaching resources to mainstream schools’.

In 2014 this suggested new model for allocating and deploying resources for students with Special Educational Needs was published in ‘Delivery for Students with Special Educational Needs- a better and more equitable way’ (NCSE 2014). Following consultation with education partners, a pilot of the new model was put in place in a number  of schools in September 2015.

On Saturday November 7th the School of Education, UCC, will host a Symposium on the ‘Proposed New Model’. The School is delighted to have Teresa Griffin, CEO, and Mary Byrne, Head of Special Education, National Council for Special Education, to address the Symposium and partake in a Q&A session on the ‘new proposals for change’. This event will be of interest to all involved in education and will provide an opportunity to learn about the proposals and discuss any concerns that may exist.

No pre-Registration is necessary. Those attending are requested to arrive early as a large attendance is expected.

Parking is available on UCC Campus on Saturdays and there is no charge for the main campus car parks. If these are full you may have to park in the Visitor Car Parks.  Please see the following link for information on parking within the vicinity of UCC:  UCC Visitors Parking); there is an hourly charge for these car parks.

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