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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

Booking now open

Wednesday 16th November 2016, 9am-4pm
The Hogan Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

Click here for the conference agenda

Click here to complete and submit the online booking form.

Booking forms must be submitted by 5pm Wednesday November 2nd 2016

The NCSE deadline for round 1 Appeals is 29 September 2016.

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 29th February deadline.

The NCSE expects that decisions in relation to the remaining applications, including applications under the Interim Scheme for allocation of Resource Hours to schools for students with Down syndrome, received by 20 September 2016 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 29 September 2016.

The National Council for Special Education is pleased to announce the publication of Guidelines for Setting up and Organising Special Classes. The Guidelines set out clearly how schools can set up and organise special classes, as part of a continuum of educational provision, for students with special educational needs.

Click here to download the Guidelines
Click here to download the Press Release

Alongside the guidelines, the National Council for Special Education is also pleased to announce the publication of the second phase report of its commissioned research study into special classes.

Click here to download the report.

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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