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The National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through the Public Appointments Service, seeks applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of:

Specialist Lead for the Education of Children/Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

The successful candidate will be required to lead and develop the Visiting Teacher Service to deliver its services in line with NCSE strategic policies. The ideal candidate will have significant experience and a successful track record in leading staff at a senior level.

Candidates should hold a teaching qualification, a relevant postgraduate qualification in the area of visual or hearing impairment, full registration with the Teaching Council or be eligible to apply for full registration before appointment to the role and have experience of delivering services to children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired in an educational context.

The initial appointment to the position will be to the NCSE Office in Trim.

Note that the recruitment process is being managed through the Public Appointments Service.

Please see here for further details and to apply for the position.

Closing date for receipt of applications is November the 30th 2017.

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 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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