A teacher and pupils of Our Lady of the Wayside national school in Bluebell, Dublin, recently. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Irish attitudes to primary education have transformed over the past two decades. It was once seen – at best – as a necessary route to the basics of r(...)

Parents of children with special needs have been urged to contact schools well in advance of the new school year to ensure they have a chance to adapt buildings, apply for additional supports or seek additional training for teachers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Parents of children with special needs have been urged to contact schools well in advance of the new school year to ensure they have a chance to adap(...)

Bridgette Keane and her son Mark (10) at home in Sutton, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Eric Luke

‘He is in a school yard of about 200 children, with no voice. It’s very difficult.” It’s a stark image that Bridgette Keane conjures up of her non-ve(...)

The National Council for Special Education said while many secondary schools have inclusive admissions policies, it was disappointed there were still barriers to opening special classes, even in cases where they were clearly needed. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State’s advisory body on special needs education has asked the Government to be given the authority to order secondary schools to provide special (...)

The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has called for fitness to teach hearings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Long-promised fitness hearings for the teaching profession should be introduced urgently to improve accountability in schools, the Ombudsman for Child(...)

A working group of the National Council for Special Education  last year recommended a new model of allocating the more than 11,000 learning support posts across schools in the State. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Almost 50 schools are taking part in a pilot scheme aimed at testing a “fairer” system of allocating resources for special educational needs. A total (...)

Some of the most socially advantaged areas of Dublin are among the highest recipients of teaching supports for special needs. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network has called for a “fairer and more transparent model” of allocating resources for special educational needs. Its (...)

‘There should not be a difference between people who can afford a diagnosis and people who can’t’

Some of the most socially advantaged areas of Dublin are getting nearly the highest allocations of special-needs supports, data published by The Ir(...)

Teachers and special needs assistants with students at Mother of Consolation School, Donnycarney, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children living on Dublin’s southside are more likely to gain access to resource teaching for special educational needs than their northside peers, ne(...)

The placement of children in withdrawal rooms is regarded by most special schools as a measure of last resort to protect the safety of pupils and staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Special needs campaigners have called for the introduction of official rules governing the use of “seclusion rooms” in schools to manage the behaviour(...)