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Mr Eamon Stack is to chair the new working group established to develop a new model for allocating resource teachers in schools. The group is to begin its work immediately.

Mr Stack was the Chief Inspector in the Department of Education and Skills from 1997 to 2009. He was the founding Principal of a large co-educational post-primary school in Limerick (1978-1992).

Since his retirement from the Department, he has been working as a facilitator, mediator and adviser to schools and organisations. He also makes presentations at events and conducts half day and full day sessions with educational leaders and with the entire teaching staffs in some schools. He edits Eurypedia, the European encyclopaedia on national education systems, for Ireland and is a member of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.

The group is being established by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), chaired by Mr Stack. It will report to Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn in September on the progress of its work to consider how to reform the way the substantial additional educational resources for pupils with special educational needs are allocated in the school system.