Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the Cabinet had approved the provision of up to an additional 610 SNA posts from this September.

The Cabinet has approved more than 600 additional special needs assistant (SNA) posts following a request from Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. (...)

Patricia Doherty special needs assistant, with Cian Corrigan and his mother Niamh, at the ABC Club preschool in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Officials charged with overseeing the provision of special needs assistants (SNAs) to children with learning disabilities have clashed over who is res(...)

Extra resource teacher posts are a response to growth in the student population, increased diagnosis of complex needs and a recent decision  to extend resource hours to children with Down Syndrome.

Almost 240 extra resource teacher posts are being allocated to primary and secondary schools next year to cater for children with special educational (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has told an Impact trade union conference that she intends to tackle working conditions for special needs assistants (SNAs) in schools. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has promised to tackle working conditions for special needs assistants (SNAs) in schools.She also said the Gove(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. The restriction on past pupils forms part of the Admission to Schools Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Schools will be able to reserve a maximum of 10 per cent of places for children of past-pupils under a plan for reforming admissions procedures to (...)

The ESRI report into the educational experience of children with disabilities identifies an apparent gap in resources at primary and secondary level for children with emotional, psychological and mental health problems. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Children with emotional or mental health difficulties are at much greater risk of absenteeism from school and isolation from their peers, according to(...)

it is important to have greater transparency about how students are assigned places in special classes and schools. Photograph: iStockphoto

New research published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute and the National Disability Authority indicates that the majority of chi(...)

Special Needs Assistants represented by Impact have voted for industrial action over what they say is the ‘fragmented’ nature of some posts. Photograph: Thinkstock

Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)represented by Impact have voted in favour of industrial action over what they describe as the proliferation of part-ti(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan announced interim measure “in recognition of the length of time it will take” to introduce the new resource teacher model. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Children categorised as having “mild” Down syndrome are to receive additional teaching resources in a move cautiously welcomed by parents and campaig(...)

Since late last year the Department of Education has working to implement a new system of allocating resources that would allow pupils with special educational needs gain access to extra teaching resources without having to get a diagnosis of disability.

Plans to reform the allocation of resources for special education needs have been shelved for this year despite concerns about unfairness with the cur(...)