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Special needs provision in Taughmonagh

The DUP's Jimmy Spratt brought an adjournment debate raising concerns about children with special educational needs at a south Belfast primary school, on 13 November 2012.

Mr Spratt explained that over 47% of the children at the school in the Taughmonagh housing estate had been assessed as having special educational needs.

His concerns were echoed by other South Belfast MLAs including Alex Maskey of Sinn Fein, the UUP's Michael McGimpsey, the SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell, Anna Lo of Alliance and the SDLP's Conall McDevitt.

Replying to the debate, the Education Minister said the Belfast Education and Library Board was aware of the "social anomaly" represented by Taughmonagh as an island of deprivation surrounded by affluent areas.

John O'Dowd listed some of the extra help being provided to the school, including additional teaching support.

The minister said he would "take on board" the problems identified by other speakers, including the under-provision of educational psychology services.


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