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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.

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

See links below for all the relevant information.

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

Click here to view Advertisement
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 Advertisement
Click here to view Information Sheet
Click here to download Application Form

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 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 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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