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NCSE Guidelines 04/2017 sets out the procedures for schools in seeking a review of their Special Education Teacher allocation and the utilisation of their allocation, on the grounds that very exceptional circumstances have arisen in the school.

The criteria are set out in the above guidelines. Click here to view the guidelines.

Click here to download the Application Form for Primary Schools
Click here to download the Application Form for Post-Primary Schools

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) seeks applications from suitably qualified teachers to work as a visiting teacher for children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing or as a visiting teacher for children who are Blind / Visually impaired. The appointments are on a fixed-term (temporary) basis, for one year.

The posts may be filled by secondment.

Each contract will provide for a three-month probationary period.

Currently there is a vacancy in the Cork City/County Cork area for a Visiting Teacher for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing which will have an immediate start date.

A panel will also be put in place for vacancies which may arise, either for teachers of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children or those who are Blind/Visually Impaired throughout the country, on an ongoing basis.

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See links below for all the relevant information.

Post of Visiting Teacher for Children who are Blind/Visually Impaired

Click here to view Information Sheet

Click here to download Application Form

Post of Visiting Teacher for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Click here to view Information Sheet

Click here to download Application Form

Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 19th October 2017.

The NCSE has published Special Needs Assistant allocations to schools for the 2017/18 school year.

Click here to view SNA allocations to Primary Schools
Click here to view SNA allocations to Post Primary Schools
Click here to view SNA and Teaching Post allocations to Special Schools
Click here to view County totals
Click here to view the list of Special Classes in Mainstream Schools

Individual letters will issue to schools shortly. Please note that the date for receipt of any appeals in regard to SNA allocations is Friday, 29 September 2017

InviteDiary Notice

NCSE Annual Research Conference 2017

9am – 4pm Tuesday 21st November

Hogan Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

The main focus of this year’s conference will be on Initial Teacher Education. The keynote address will be given by Marleen Pugach, Professor Emerita of Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and formerly Professor of the Practice of Education at the University of Southern California. The conference will also feature findings from phases 1 and 2 of the NCSE’s longitudinal research study on Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion.

Please put this important date in your diary and feel free to pass this notice on to others who may be interested. 

Invitations, booking forms and agendas will issue in October.

Mr. Padraig McNamara, former CEO of the State Examinations Commission, has been appointed by the NCSE as Appeals Officer to examine appeals in regard to Special Education Teacher allocations for 2017/18.

It is envisaged that decisions will issue to schools shortly.

As of the 20th March 2017, the management of the Special Education Support Service, the National Behaviour Support Service and the Visiting Teacher Service for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and for Children who are Blind/Visually Impaired has transferred to the National Council for Special Education.  Contact details across all organisations will remain the same for this school year and existing services will continue to be provided as normal without disruption.

The Appeals Process on the new model of Special Education Teaching allocations is available here.



The National Council for Special Education

The NCSE is a statutory body established under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004. Since our establishment, we have concentrated on developing an organisation which provides a timely and efficient service to schools in sanctioning teaching and Special Needs Assistant (SNA) resources to support children with special educational needs.

We have also embarked on a wide-ranging programme of research on the provision of special education which will help us formulate policy advice to the Minister for Education and Skills.

The aim of our website is to provide some introductory information about the work of the Council. We hope the website becomes a useful resource for parents, teachers, health and education professionals and policy makers interested in our work. We would welcome your comments on our work.

We also provide links to other websites with information on Special Education which we hope you will also find helpful.

Should you wish to print any information from our website, please use the printer friendly link at the end of each page.

If you have any comments or queries relating to our website, please contact the NCSE Webmaster onwebmaster@ncse.ie. For other queries, please see our Contact Us page to select the appropriate section to contact.


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