More Support for Students in Cape Breton

Significant investments in supports, services and programs will have a direct impact for children and students in Cape Breton this school year.

Parents and families will also benefit from more inclusive education support specialists entering the classroom and more pre-primary classes opening across the island.

“Our government believes every child deserves the right to high achievement,” said Derek Mombourquette, MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier. “Which is why for the first time in 20 years, we’re changing the model of inclusive education.”

There are 22 new supports for inclusive education within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education, including the following:

• Six teacher assistant positions

• Three behavior support teachers

• Five autism specialists

• Two program planning specialists

• One psychologist

• Four child and youth care practitioners

• One parent navigator, in addition to an alternative education program with three specialist teachers

Our government’s response to recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions will also result in nearly 30 positions added to support students in Cape Breton including attendance support workers, staff that will focus on class caps for secondary, as well as high school teachers that will increase academic and life skills supports for students.

“Each of these new supports are connected by the common goal of ensuring our students have what they need to do their best,” said Geoff MacLellan, MLA for Glace Bay.

More than 40 early childhood educators have also been hired across Cape Breton for this school year for the continued expansion of our pre-primary program. Our government remains committed to expanding the program to all Nova Scotia communities by 2020.