Minister of State Josepha Madigan visit to St Teresa's Special School highlights the need for more capacity in the East Galway and South Roscommon region
Delighted to bring Minister of State Josepha Madigan to meet Principal Anita O'Reilly at St Teresa's Special School in Creagh.
Minister Madigan is over Special Education and Inclusion within the Department of Education and I've worked closely with the Minister and Dept. to highligh the need for more capacity in the East Galway and South Roscommon region.
2 extra classrooms have been approved and thank you to the Dept., SENOs reports and BACD who are providing the site.
The Minister had the chance to meet teachers, SNAs and staff - imagine 34 people who work here giving care and kindness to so many children. The school has grown from 11 to over 36 students who will start in Sept. Multi-disciplinary teams here providing speech & language, OT and physiotherapy support to ensure children can reach their potential.
Minister Josepha Madigan was very impressed with the fantastic artwork in all the classrooms and the special exhibition for graduation as well. The garden really is a joy for both students and teachers with great play areas.
The focus is also on a permanent site for our expanding special needs school which is also linked to special needs capacity with a new school urgently required for Scoil An Chroí Naofa. I'm following up with the Department of Education and it is good to see progress in this area.
The Minister has confirmed that the 2 extra classrooms are scheduled for opening for students by the end of August and to thank our contractors for their work on this as it is a busy time in construction.
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