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The National Council for Special Education is pleased to invite you to our 2018 Research Conference.
Tuesday 20th November 2018 – 9:15AM – 4:15PM
The Hogan Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

This year’s conference will have two themes. The morning session will focus on lifelong learning and transitions from school for adults with disabilities.  The keynote address will be given by Sheila Riddell, Professor of Inclusion and Diversity at the School of Education in the University of Edinburgh. It will also feature a presentation on NCSE’s commissioned review of educational provision for adults with disabilities in day services.

The afternoon session will examine the provision of speech and language, and occupational therapy services in schools, with presentations from Dr Eve Hutton of Canterbury Christ Church University, and Professor Elspeth McCartney of the University of Stirling.

Click here for the conference agenda.
Click here to complete and submit the online booking form.

Booking forms must be submitted by 5pm Tuesday November 13th.

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 for a review are set out in the Guidelines below.

Click here to view the Guidelines for requesting a Review of Special Education Teaching Supports.

Click here to download the Application Form for Primary Schools
Click here to download the Application Form for Post-Primary Schools

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)

NCSE has published three information pamphlets on the main post-school education and training options for people with disabilities.   These pamphlets give students and their families an overview of the extensive range of post-school options and supports available and how to get the relevant details and guidance to inform individual choice.

The information pamphlets cover



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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