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Michelle McIlveen announces £6.1m for special educational needs and disabilities transformation programme

Education minister Michelle McIlveen. Picture by Mal McCann
Suzanne McGonagle

MORE than £6 million has been allocated to help transform educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities across Northern Ireland.

The funding will support the Education Authority’s 'Special Educational Needs and Disability Transformation Programme' over the next year in a bid to " help deliver positive change".

The programme aims to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Announcing the funding allocation yesterday, Education Minister Michelle McIlveen said: "Our children with special educational needs and disabilities deserve a high quality education which meets their individual needs.

"We must work together to ensure that services and support are designed and delivered to help each child live happy healthy and fulfilled lives.

"No-one should be left behind.

"Transformational change and a reformed system is necessary to meet increasing demands on services and improve outcomes of children and young people with special educational needs.

"My department has been working with the Education Authority to drive forward this critical work and the £6.1million funding I am announcing today will enable further progress."

Ms McIlveen added: "Providing the right support and achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people will remain a priority while the transformation of services takes place".

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