The National Council for Special Education is pleased to announce the publication of the report of its Comprehensive Review of the Special Needs Assistant Scheme.
Click here to download the Comprehensive Review report
There is a separate guide to the Comprehensive Review for parents/guardians and students.
Click here to download the booklet.
There is also a one-page infographic outlining the Comprehensive Review process, findings and recommendations.
Click here to download the infographic.
Click here to download the press release.
A Progress Report was completed as part of the Comprehensive Review.
Click here to download the Progress Report.
The Council of the NCSE was supported in its review of the Scheme by a Working Group, led by NCSE Chairperson Eamon Stack, which developed a proposal for a new model of support.
Click here to download the report of the Working Group.
A review of Nursing Provision for children with complex medical conditions, including those children attending Special Schools was also undertaken. This review was completed by a Cross Sectoral Team Working Group comprising members from the Departments of Education and Skills, Health, Children and Youth Affairs, NCSE and HSE, as well as an expert clinician.
Click here to download the Report of the Cross Sectoral Team Working Group.
In addition, the National Council for Special Education is publishing three research studies undertaken to support the Comprehensive Review:
- International Administrative Review of the Use of Non-Teaching Adult Support in Schools for Students with Additional Care Needs (Click here to download)
- Literature Review relating to the Role of the Special Needs Assistant (Click here to download)
- A qualitative study of how well young people with disabilities are prepared for life after school (Click here to download the report and here to download the appendices)