President Chivite visits the Torre Monreal de Tudela Special Education school, “a benchmark” for all centers in Navarra

The President of Navarra, María Chivite, visited the Torre Monreal de Tudela Public Center for Special Education this afternoon, highlighting its “advice and support for the pedagogical work” of ordinary centers that have specific educational classrooms, given their ” great experience and good results”, which make it a “reference resource center” for the Foral Community.

Together with the Minister of Education, Carlos Gimeno, and the mayor of Tudela, Alejandro Toquero, they took a tour of its facilities, accompanied by the center’s director, José Luis Gamen Petit, who explained that the school works in coordination with teams from other areas other than education, such as health and social rights. Likewise, Torre Monreal is training its staff in positive behavioral support actions and in the different ways of responding to complex cases of disruptive behavior that can occur.

Provide the best service to students with specific needs

The President has indicated that the regional government “believes in the relevance of a public education that reaches all people, based on equal opportunities and equity.” For this, it is necessary to “provide resources to the system, and make an effort to provide the best service to students with specific needs.”

In this sense, it has indicated that the Government is working on the new foral order of inclusion, which, stressing the preventive and proactive nature with respect to the corrective one that the current one has, will make “an inclusive treatment of schooling through the balanced distribution of the student body and with more concrete actions to better attend to diversity”.

“Visiting centers like this one reaffirms that, without public education, this very specific attention would not reach all these people. For this reason, we are proud that this quality public service is available to those who need it,” Chivite stressed.

75 students and 55 professionals

This school year, the school has 75 students from the educational stages of Primary and Secondary Education and Special Training and Transition to Adult Life workshops, from all over the Ribera de Navarra. It employs 55 professionals with profiles in Therapeutic Pedagogy, Hearing and Language, specialized teachers in Music and Physical Education, Technical teachers and Educational Guidance, as well as 38 educational support specialists, two physiotherapists, a pool monitor and this year they have incorporated a occupational therapist who reinforces the attention to students with special educational needs.

During the last 4 years, the Government of Navarra has invested more than one million euros in improvements to the center, which have consisted of its expansion, the construction of the roof of the central patio, and the reform of the kitchens to be able to prepare food in the school itself.

Torre Monreal is one of the two Public Centers for Special Education in Navarra, the other being the CPEE Andrés Muñoz Garde, located in Pamplona / Iruña.

Proceedings of the Provincial Executive to reinforce specialized care

On November 25, the Minister of Education, Carlos Gimeno, presented the Provincial Decree that creates the Resource Center for Educational Equity in Navarra (CREENA) as a highly qualified center of reference in the field of educational inclusion.

Said decree transforms the current center into a new entity, which will update its response to the needs of the educational system and consolidates itself as a technical support center of the Department of Education for the application of the guidelines, protocols and programs that cement the inclusion of all students, and especially that of those with special educational needs.

For its part, since the beginning of the course, last September, Education has been assigning to the educational centers of Navarra a total extension of 1,100 hours of attention to students detected and assessed with specific and special support needs for the academic year 22 /2. 3. On the one hand, specialists in therapeutic pedagogy, hearing and language, and support for Primary will have 600 more hours, and specialists in educational support, 500.

This hourly reinforcement is added to the 19,896 hours of teaching specialists scheduled since June (500 hours more than in the 21/22 academic year), and the 10,623 hours of educational support specialists assigned to the centers before the summer (10% more than those managed in the academic year 21/22).

Call for Special Education scholarships and grants for students with specific needs

The Official Gazette of Navarre posted today the call for Special Education scholarships and Grants for students with specific educational support needs for the 2022-2023 school year. The application period will remain open from January 17 to February 13.

The Department of Education of the Government of Navarra has authorized a maximum expense for special education scholarships and grants for students with specific needs of 445,000 euros, of which 425,000 euros are for the Infant, Primary and Secondary stages and 20,000 euros for Post-Compulsory Education aid.

The purpose of the Special Education scholarships is to help applicants who need it to defray the cost of continuing studies at any level or grade in Special Education Centers, Alternative Classrooms to Special Education Centers in rural areas (AA), units of Transition/TEA (UT/TEA), Special Curriculum Units (UCE), Special Professional Training Cycles (CFPE) and ordinary educational centers of preferential integration for students with motor or hearing disabilities, which have been proposed by the teams of the Center for Special Education Resources of Navarra (CREENA).

These scholarships may be requested to cover the expenses related to dining room, transportation and residence. Specifically, a maximum of 500 euros will be granted for dining expenses, although in the case of the Alternative Classroom units for Special Education Centers in Rural Areas (AA) and in the Transition/TEA units (UT/TEA), this limit will not be taken into account. For transportation, the total will be up to 2,500 euros, and up to 1,800 euros per residence, when the distance from the family home to the educational center is greater than 30 km.

To apply for these scholarships, you must have previously applied for the one from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training for the 2022 / 2023 academic year.

Grants for students with specific needs

In the case of students with specific needs for educational support in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education and ESO, understood as aid for special educational needs associated with intellectual disability, TEA, severe communication and language disorder, hearing, visual and motor and severe conduct disorder; maturational delay in the Infant stage; high intellectual abilities; language and communication development disorder that requires speech therapy care; attention disorder ADHD, and learning disorder with a moderate or severe level of severity.

In these cases, the aid will be granted up to 1,300 euros to support educational needs; 700 euros for support for high capacities; up to 500 euros per transport. In the case of non-university post-compulsory education students with disabilities, aid for support of up to 1,500 euros and for transport up to 500 euros.

The scholarship or grant applications for the 2022-2023 academic year, they will be carried out by completing the online application model, which is accessed with identification of the following credentials: DNI+PIN from the Navarra Tax Treasury, user certificate (digital certificate, or electronic DNI) or Cl@ve system.

President Chivite visits the Torre Monreal de Tudela Special Education school, “a benchmark” for all centers in Navarra