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Musings on Special Education

As you may know, the program for government deal between Fianna Fail and the Greens brought into being "permanent" status for a number of the so-called "Pilot" schools. These are long running ABA school projects that were receiving funding from the Dept of Ed as schools, with an allocation of separate funding for running costs and supervision. The 14 successful schools are now to be considered "special schools" and their staff and pupils will enjoy the security of permanent recognition.

The remaining "applicant" schools still have to negotiate for permanent status and negotiations are ongoing so I will say no more about that.

Personally, my hope is that there will be a full service ABA special school in every county in Ireland. This model of accountable education has been repeatedly shown to improve the outcomes for every child that attends. Yes, more than half progress to mainstream education and that is fantastic. But even for the ones that do n…