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(...)

‘Compare the obstacles facing the average student with, for example, those faced by Joanne O’Riordan, the disability rights campaigner who was born without limbs and who last year got sufficient grades in the Leaving Cert to study criminology at UCC.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A hazard of this time of year is bumping into parents bragging about how many points their children got in the Leaving Cert. It’s not just distasteful(...)

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(...)