Regional Education and Language Teams for Ukrainian families established

INTO President Joe McKeown has met with the Department of Education to discuss how primary and special schools could be best supported as Ukrainian families fleeing the war access education in Ireland.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced the establishment of Regional Education and Language Teams (REALT) to support the needs of Ukrainian children arriving in Ireland. These teams will be hosted in each of the sixteen regional Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and will act as a single point of contact for arriving families and for schools.

The INTO said that there was a need for arriving families to be given clear and simple information and that the teams should seek to ensure effective communication between local schools and these families.