Teaching posts axed in Isle of Man schools

Eleven teaching posts are to be axed in schools across the Isle of Man, as the education department plans changes to its special needs provision.

The specialist teachers affected run support groups in both the primary and secondary sector.

The staff affected look after children with less complex special needs in mainstream education.

An education spokesman said the groups would be replaced by a "whole school approach to nurturing pupils".

He added: "An evolving change in practice is a key driver behind the move, but services for children is also trying to meet increasing demands for services for children with complex special needs so resources need to be re-targeted."

The Isle of Man education department spends more than £8m a year on specialist nurture teaching, the majority of which is spent on staffing costs.

Affected teachers are currently being advised about redeployment possibilities.

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