Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan:  said the aim was to “move towards a system where educational supports and needs of children would be provided”.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled that it may be 2016 before changes to allocating special needs resources in schools are introduced(...)

For all its flaws, the plan for the allocation of special educational needs supports is well-intentioned, and schools are broadly supportive

Plans to have a new system in place by next September for the allocation of special educational needs supports are looking increasingly optimistic.(...)

Clive Byrne, director of National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said principals had been asked to make “guesstimates”.

A third of post-primary schools have failed to return questionnaires designed to help allocate resources for special education needs from next Septem(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

A briefing document for Minister Jan O’Sullivan describes as a “critical issue” the adequacy of capitation funding, which has been reduced at primary level from €200 per pupil to €173 over the past four years.Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Cuts in the education budget have left some schools in a precarious state and have created an “unsustainable” loss of leadership, Minister for Educat(...)

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(...)