Important New Information for Schools

Schools have continued to submit applications for resource teaching hours for students with low incidence special needs where the necessary supporting documentation was not available for the 26 March 2014 deadline.

The NCSE expects that decisions in relation to the remaining applications received by 22 September 2014 will issue to schools in mid October.

NCSE Information Initiative for Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs

The NCSE has launched a new national initiative to provide information sessions to parents and guardians of children with special educational needs. The sessions will be delivered by Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) throughout the country. They will provide valuable information on what educational services and supports are available in local areas and how to access them. Parents who would like to take part in one of the information sessions should contact their local SENO to book a place and to find out about local dates and venues. Contact details for SENOs are available here We will also publish dates of local meetings on our website as they become available.

The NCSE is also publishing a series of new information pamphlets for the parents/guardians of children with special educational needs.

Click here for press release
Click here for new information pamphlets for parents of children with special educational needs

NCSE Information Booklet

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) in association with the National Disability Authority (NDA) has published for the first time an information booklet about the full range of post-school education and training options for adults and school leavers with disabilities.

The NCSE booklet contains summary information on all of the main programmes and supports available to students with disabilities. It also provides convenient links and signposts to where more information and guidance on these programmes can be found here.

NCSE Annual Report 2013

The NCSE published its 2013 Annual Report. Our annual Report highlights a number of key points and achievements during 2013. Click here for NCSE Annual Report 2013.

NCSE Annual Research Conference 2014

NCSE Annual Research Conference 2014 will take place on Wednesday November 19. Click here for further information. If you would like to add your email address to the research conference mailing list please email NCSEResearch@ncse.ie.

NCSE publishes the allocation of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) posts to schools for the 2014/2015 school year.

2014/2015 School Allocations

Click below for school by school details for 2014/2015

SNA Allocations 2014/2015 Primary

SNA Allocations 2014/2015 Post Primary

SNA Allocations 2014/2015 Special Schools

Click here for County Totals

NCSE publishes a proposal for a new model for allocating teaching resources for students with special educational needs.

Click here for Press Release

Click here to download the report

Click here for a guide for parents and guardians on how the new model would work

The NCSE has allocated additional Resource Teaching support to over 3,630 Primary and Post Primary schools for the 2014/2015 school year.

Schools should note that they will receive written confirmation of their additional Resource Teaching allocation in the coming weeks along with decisions in regard to Special Needs Assistant support.

Click here for NCSE Press Release

Click here for additional Resource Teaching support for Primary Schools

Click here for additional Resource Teaching support for Post Primary Schools

New NCSE/ESRI research report published- Understanding Special Class Provision in Ireland.

Click here to download the report

Click here for the press release on the report


The National Council for Special Education (NCSE)

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 on webmaster@ncse.ie. For other queries, please see our Contact Us page to select the appropriate section to contact.

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