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Schools have continued to submit applications for Resource Teaching Hours for students with low incidence special educational needs, where the necessary supporting documentation was not available for the 18 March 2015 deadline.

The NCSE expects that decisions in relation to the remaining applications, including applications under the Interim Scheme for allocation of Resource Teaching Hours to schools for students with Down Syndrome, received by 23 September 2015 will issue to schools in mid-October.

Schools are reminded that they must return the Student Attendance Confirmation Form to their SENO as soon as possible but no later than 30 September 2015.

The NCSE Annual Research Conference will take place on Wednesday 25th November next (9am-4pm) at Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin.  Invitations, booking forms and agendas will issue in October.

The National Council for Special Education has published the SNA Allocations to Schools for September 2015/16

Click here to view the SNA Allocations to Primary Schools
Click here to view the SNA Allocations to Post Primary Schools
Click here to view the SNA Allocations to Special Schools
Click here to view the SNA Allocations by County
Click here to view the NCSE Press Release

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has published the allocations of resource teaching hours to schools for the start of the 2015/2016 school year.

Click here to view the NCSE Press Release
Click here to view the NCSE’s Allocation to Primary Schools
Click here to view the NCSE’s Allocation to Post Primary Schools
Click here to view County Totals for all schools

The Minister for Education & Skills has announced the introduction of an interim scheme of provision for students with Down syndrome who are not currently supported in mainstream class settings under the scheme for low incidence allocations. This scheme will take effect from the commencement of the 2015/16 school year. The closing date for school applications is Friday 17th April. Schools will receive an allocation of 2.5 hours for each eligible student.

Click here to view the announcement made by the Department of Education and Skills
Click here to view the NCSE’s Information Note for Parents and Schools
Click here to view the application form for use by schools
Click here to view School Guidelines for Interim Scheme

Today, the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan announced an expansion of the NCSE’s role. The NCSE’s remit will, with immediate effect, include the following organisations: the Special Education Support Service (SESS); the National Behavioural Support Service (NBSS) and the Visiting Teacher service.

Click here to view the announcement made by the Department of Education and Skills
Click here to view the NCSE’s response to the announcement

The DES published a review of the Visiting Teacher Service today as part of this announcement and the report can be downloaded on their website-

The NCSE is delighted to announce that its Inaugural Special Award at the 2015 BT Young Scientist Exhibition was won by Joseph Mee, Scoil Ruain, County Tipperary for his project ‘An investigation into post-primary school teacher understanding of dyslexia and the school experiences of post-primary school students with dyslexia’. The NCSE’s award was for the best project that promotes an awareness and understanding of children and young people with special educational needs and /or has a direct impact on their lives.  The best project should promote the inclusion of students with special educational needs in the education system.

The award was presented by Eamon Stack, Chairperson, National Council for Special Education.

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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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