Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: has set up a working group to develop a new model for allocating resource teachers in schools from 2013/2014. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Provision for students with special educational needs has been the focus of much media and public attention in recent weeks. Minister for Education Ru(...)

Despite langauge spoken in the home being the biggest single factor assocaitied with poor school attendance among nine- year-olds, having an immigrant mother had a positive impact on attendance.

The language spoken in a child’s home is the biggest single factor associated with attendance, a study on primary school absenteeism in Ireland has(...)