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St Ninian's special needs unit progresses 21 November 2006

THE new special needs unit at St Ninian’s High School, Douglas, will provide a spacious and well-resourced facility for the pupils it will accommodate.

The unit – part of an extension to St Ninian’s – has been handed over to the Department of Education by the contractor and is currently being fitted out.

‘Its accommodation includes two, good-size classrooms, a multi-sensory area and a life skills facility,’ said Derek Norton, deputy head of the Department of Education’s Special Needs and Psychology Service.

‘It will offer state-of-the-art, spacious and well-resourced provision for up to 12 students with complex learning difficulties.

‘Its opening will mean we have a special needs unit in each of the secondary schools and it has been built in recognition of the fact we have a growing demand for such a facility in the Douglas area,’ Mr Norton said.

Mr Norton continued:

‘We are working with secondary heads to help plan the intake. We will be looking to the individual needs of the pupils and what is right for each child.

‘This will be a flexible resource, with some pupils being supported in their subject classes and others requiring more specialist support and being taught within the unit itself, according to their needs,’ Mr Norton added.

‘We will look to continue to build on the success of the education the pupils received in primary schools.’

Heading the unit will be Janet de Heerdt, who will initially have three staff.

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