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Education Minister Michelle McIlveen announces £6.1m funding for students with disabilities

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The Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen, has launched a programme to support children and young people with disabilities in the new academic year.

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 to ” help deliver positive change.”

“Our children with special educational needs and disabilities deserve a high-quality education that meets their individual needs.” said Education Minister Michelle McIlveen.

“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 are necessary to meet increasing service demands and improve outcomes for 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.”

“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”. said Ms McIlveen

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