Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has approved a number of Specialist Provisions in Mainstream Schools as part of a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Area Planning pilot exercise.

The pilot includes the simultaneous provision of 128 Specialist Provisions across 58 schools.

Announcing the provisions, the Minister said: “The educational interests and wellbeing of our most vulnerable pupils are a priority for me.

“I have approved these specialist provisions in mainstream schools to help ensure that pupils with SEN receive a high quality of education; the opportunity to achieve their full potential through the best educational experiences possible; equality of opportunity; and access to pathways that meet their needs.

“My Department is working to make Area Planning processes more efficient and agile. This pilot is another step forward in ensuring that our Area Planning is fit for purpose and delivers the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

“I offer my thanks to all those involved in the pilot, including our pupils and their families, schools and the Education Authority and look forward to continued partnership and collaboration.”

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