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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

The NCSE has published Guidelines for schools on the Interim Scheme for Resource Teacher Support for students with Down syndrome.
Click here for guidelines and application form.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 17th April 2015.

The NCSE has published Special Schools Guidelines and application forms for 2015/2016.
Click here for guidelines and application forms

The closing date for receipt of Notification of Enrolments in Special Schools is 6th May 2015.

The NCSE has published Guidelines and application forms for Primary and Post Primary schools for the 2015/2016 Allocations process.
Click here for guidelines and application forms

The closing date for receipt of applications for Low Incidence Teaching Hours (LITH) and access to SNA support is
18th March 2015.

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- www.education.ie

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.

Category: Social and Behavioural Sciences – Junior – Individual

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The NCSE is pleased to announce the publication of information on the Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Scheme.  This is the latest in a series of information pamphlets for parents/guardians of children and young people with special educational needs, all of which are available on the NCSE website.

Click here for SNA pamphlet
Click here for all information pamphlets for parents/guardians of children with special educational needs



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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