SNA Chantelle Davis in Cnoc Mhuire Senior School, Killinarden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s one of the biggest changes in Irish education in recent years: the rapid growth in special classes at mainstream schools. There are 2,118 specia(...)

Total inclusion should mean that  every child having their unique needs met based on individual need, says Adam Harris. Photograph: iStock

Inclusive education can be life changing. It certainly was for me. Just before my eighth birthday I moved from the special school environment I attend(...)

Fianna Fáil said ‘a delay in the processing of home-tuition grants can lead to the most vulnerable children in our education system missing weeks of education’. File photograph: Getty

More than 500 children with autism and other learning difficulties do not have a suitable school place, according to the latest official figures. Dep(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh intends to commence legislation by 2021 which will prohibit schools from asking parents whether their children have disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Schools will be prohibited within the next two years from asking parents during enrolment whether their children have disabilities, Minister for Educa(...)

The NCSE says a change is needed to help remove the soft barriers that special-needs pupils face when trying to find school places. Photograph: iStock

Schools should be prohibited from asking parents whether their child has special needs prior to enrolment, according to official advice to be given to(...)

Philip McGiff and his autistic daughter Nicole, who is six and has no school place. Photograph: Alan Betson

Six-year-old Nicole McGiff should have started primary school last September. Instead, she sits at home each day and watches Mickey Mouse and Princess(...)

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has identified more than 80 children in the area who require a place in a special school or special class in the south Dublin area this year or next, but do not have one. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has warned schools in the south Dublin area that he is prepared to use new powers to direct them to provide more pla(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There are no official figures on the number of children with special needs who are do not have an appropriate school place, Minister for Education Joe(...)

A file photograph of Christopher Karagiorgis with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne. Photograph: Alan Betson

The refusal of a school-bus place to a boy with autism, cerebral palsy and a moderate learning disability goes against the spirit of legislation put i(...)

Sharon Saunders, from  Tallaght, Co Dublin, pictured with her son Scott  (9). Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Within days of starting junior infants, it was clear Scott could not cope in a mainstream classroom with dozens of other children. “He was getting ve(...)

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