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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 letters containing the 2017/18 Special Education Teaching Allocation have issued to Primary and Post Primary Schools this week.

The lists of schools and their allocations are now available:
Click here for the Primary Schools
Click here for the Post Primary Schools

The Department of Education and Skills Circulars are available:


The NCSE has published Guidelines and Application Forms for Primary and Post Primary Schools for the 2017/18 school year.

Please note that The Minister for Education and Skills recently announced a new model of allocating Resource Teaching support to schools.  Schools do not need to submit applications for Low Incidence Teaching Hours Support to SENOs.  Applications for access to SNA support for students should be submitted using  NCSE Form 1 or NCSE Form 1A, as appropriate.

Guidelines and Applications forms for Special Schools will be available shortly.


The NCSE welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton on a better and more equitable way of allocating additional teaching resources for students with special educational needs, which will come into place in September.

Click here for press release

The NCSE is pleased to launch its database of continuous professional development (CPD) provision for teachers in the areas of inclusion and special educational needs.

The purpose of the database is to provide practical support to teachers looking for continuous professional development opportunities in the areas of inclusion and special educational needs. It brings together, in one place, an extensive range of information relating to CPD options, delivered by a variety of different providers.

The database can be accessed here


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. has asked the NCSE to lead a comprehensive review of the SNA scheme in consultation with other relevant Departments and State Agencies. The Terms of Reference for the review are available here.

As part of this review the NCSE now invites written submissions from education partners and other stakeholders. Please click on the link below to access the questions. The closing date for receipts of  submission is Friday 23rd December 2016.

SNA Review Submissions

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.

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