To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many peripatetic remedial reading teachers are currently employed to serve small primary schools in the Ards peninsula; whether the current service is deemed adequate to meet the needs of children in this area; and if he will make a statement.
The deployment of peripatetic teachers in this area is a matter for the South-Eastern Education and Library Board. One full-time peripatetic remedial teacher is so deployed. Provision for children with reading difficulties may also be made either by the teachers employed in the school or by the appointment of part-time teachers. At present part-time teachers are providing remedial education in six primary schools in the area. The provision required for individual children is kept under review by the school authorities.