Co-ordination of Traveller Education

Why have Visiting Teachers for Travellers and Resource Teachers for Travellers been removed?

The decision to discontinue the Resource Teacher Service and Visiting Teacher Service, from September 2011, was taken as part of the 2011 budgetary and estimates process and as part of a range of measures included in the National Recovery Plan 2011 to 2014, to secure expenditure savings in the 2011/2012 school year.

Who is responsible for a child’s attendance at school?

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB), established under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, is charged with ensuring that each child attends a recognised school or otherwise receives a certain minimum education. The Act provides a comprehensive framework promoting regular school attendance and tackling the problems of absenteeism and early school leaving.

Who is responsible for NEWB?

While responsibility for the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) has transferred to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, the two Departments are working together to ensure that the services in the NEWB, including the School Completion Programme, Home School Community Liaison and the Education Welfare Service have a renewed focus to more effectively target and support all children at risk.

The functions of the former National Educational Welfare Board, and the services previously provided by the NEWB, are now part of the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), which was established by law on 1 January 2014. Tusla’s new website is