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NCSE is seeking expressions of interest from experienced and qualified persons (possessing an accounting and/or auditing qualification) who are willing to offer their services in the role of Chairperson of the NCSE Audit and Risk Committee.

This is an important specialist, non executive and largely voluntary role within arrangements intended to ensure best practice in audit and corporate governance in NCSE.

Any interested party should contact NCSE by e-mail to by 15th February 2019. NCSE may arrange for a confidential discussion.

 Expressions of interest will be assessed by the NCSE Audit and Risk Committee having regard to the role description document and an appointment will then be made by the NCSE Council.

Click here to view details of the position including the qualifications and experience required.

A new School Information Map service was launched by Mr. Eamon Stack, Chairman of the NCSE Council. It has been developed as a joint venture between the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), the Department of Education & Skills (DES) and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi).  It is available on the NCSE website at :

The map provides SENO contact details for all schools and the locations of special schools, schools with special classes and schools with Early Intervention ASD classes.


[Eamon Stack pictured with member of OSi development team]

While every effort is made to ensure that the locations of the schools are up to date, please be aware that from time to time as new schools open/close/amalgamate there may be some omissions of schools or discrepancies in the locations of schools – you can make us aware of any corrections by emailing .

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

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NCSE School Information Map
Click on the map or here for location and contact information for schools and NCSE staff in your area.

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.

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