Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia to hire over 190 professionals to help with classroom inclusion

Education Minister Zach Churchill says the employees will include a range of professionals to support teachers, who he says "can't do it alone."

Hirings part of $15-million effort to boost supports for complex classroom needs

More than 190 people will be hired for the upcoming school year in Nova Scotia as part of a $15 million effort to boost supports for complex classroom needs including behavioural issues and autism. (Robert Short/CBC)

More than 190 people will be hired for the upcoming school year in Nova Scotia as part of a $15-million effort to boost supports for complex classroom needs, including behavioural issues and autism.

Education Minister Zach Churchill says the new employees will include a range of professionals to support teachers, who he says "can't do it alone."

The professionals include 40 child youth care practitioners, 60 education assistants, 70 specialist teachers with expertise in supporting children with behavioural challenges, 11 parent navigators to help families get programs and services, four student health nurses and six school psychologists and speech language pathologists.

Alternative education programs

The department is also funding eight alternative education programs throughout the province and two achieve programs to help students with complex needs prepare for life after high school.

Teachers will also receive specialized training to help deal with complex classrooms, and teacher and education assistants will receive training in autism support.

The announcement follows the release of an independent commission's report on inclusive education in March that recommended hiring between 600 and 700 specialists by 2022.

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