Stop Primary School Learning Resource Education Cuts

Sign the Petition to formalise your opposition to the Government's proposed changes to Learning Resources which will have a catastrophic effect on many schools in Dublin West.

This petition will be presented to the Minister for Education and to the local Government Ministers in Dublin West in the coming weeks.

Government Learning Resource Changes a Race to the Bottom:
Labour/Fine Gael and the Minister for Education are all trying to pull the wool over the eyes of parents of children with special education needs in Dublin West. Our local Ministers and government representatives have allowed this potentially catastrophic change to occur.
The Minister’s proposed new system for allocating Learning Supports and Resource Teaching will no longer be based on the professionally assessed special education needs of children in the school but on a myriad mix that is going to be based on the socio-demographic characteristics of a school’s catchment area and standardised tests.
This new system of allocating teaching resources will deprive children with assessed special education needs of essential education supports. Learning Supports and Resource Teaching allocations should be based on individual pupils’ needs, not the characteristics of the geographical area in which their
school is located.

Should this system be introduced next year, as the Minister is proposing, many schools in Dublin West will face major reductions and pupils with existing learning supports will have to do without.
This is a senseless system, with no link to pupils’ actual needs. The medical equivalent would be if access to care was determined by where an individual is from, rather than on their clinical need.
The system should be reformed by raising the boat for all, not by ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ as is being proposed with this new senseless system.
The Minister should put resources in place to reduce waiting times for public assessment, with priority given to schools in disadvantaged areas, and put in place sufficient numbers of resource teachers as dictated by the level of need.



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  • Loraine Langan
    signed 2016-02-22 10:32:54 +0000
  • Louise Byrne
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  • margaret kinsella
    signed 2016-01-19 14:02:03 +0000
    Learning opportunities for all individuals has to be at the core of education. Learner support and resources need to expand, helping enable little people developing confidence, sense of enquiry and engagement… let’s move forwards not backwards… give children the necessary supports to develop literacy and numeracy, extending our provision, building upon existing structures (already over committed), thus enabling other skillsets such as creativity, technological and problem solving skills to set up young people moving forward in the education continuum. Seems very sad that a proposed structure may be adopted where equality for all and educational provision for all will not be ensured.. Hugely emotive issue for parents, families and denegrades the whole idea of integration and mainstreaming for all.
  • Philippa Hudson
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