A good assessment will provide a clear outline of your son’s strengths and weaknesses which can guide you and his school in the future. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My seven-year-old boy has just finished Senior Infants. He’s a great little boy and is very sociable, but right from the start, the school has been (...)

 Resource teachers are allocated only when there is a formal diagnosis of disability. Photograph: PA Wire

A planned new model for allocating teaching resources for students with special educational needs has been published. Who does this affect? Any child (...)

 Ruairí Quinn: he  has published the reforms, which are contained in the report of a working group of the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Photograph: Alan Betson

Pupils with special educational needs will be able to access extra teaching resources without having to get a diagnosis of disability under a planned(...)

 A new report ‘Understanding Special Class Provision in Ireland’ on the provision of special classes for children with autism and other learning disabilities has called for greater flexibility in arrangements so they don’t become segregated from other students. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A new report on the provision of special classes for children with autism and other learning disabilities has called for greater flexibility in arrang(...)

Jo Flood with her 13-year-old son, Harrison, at their home near New Ross, Co Wexford. Photographs: David Sleator

Jo Flood has just learnt that her 13-year-old son, Harrison, will be able to attend a local mainstream school near New Ross in Co Wexford next Septemb(...)

Mary Doherty with her son Aaron: parents are battling an inflexible system.Photograph:  Alan Betson

When the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn proposed a 10 per cent cut in resource teaching hours for pupils with special needs last year, the rea(...)

The past 15 years have seen important additions to the legal framework in the area of education

Historically, Ireland has produced very little legislation in the area of education. The past 15 years have, however, seen important additions to the (...)

 Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn: will gain significant new powers to ensure fairness and balance in enrolment. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Minister for Education will gain significant new powers to ensure fairness and balance in the enrolment policies of our schools, due to draft legi(...)

Finian McGrath, TD: “I am very angry when I see €3.5 million being spent on expenses in the first six months in the Taoiseach’s department. On the costings we have, my legislation would cost €600,000.”  30-5-07 Photograph: Matt KavanaghThe Independent deputy Finian McGrath following meetings with representatives of the main political parties at Leinster House (Wednesday 30th May)

Just a fraction of the €3.5 million in expenses spent by the Taoiseach’s department in the first six months of the year could greatly improve the educ(...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn: ‘Children who qualify for access to SNA support for the coming year will receive access to this support on precisely the same criteria as they did last year’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has rejected as “wrong” claims by Fianna Fáil, that there will be cuts from September in special needs assistant ((...)