Paddy Connolly of Inclusion Ireland says a lack of training among staff means vulnerable children are being placed in isolation for hours at a time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children with disabilities as young as five years of age are at risk of psychological harm caused by the use of unregulated seclusion and restraint pr(...)

Christopher Karagiorgis (13) with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne, from Ashford, who have been unable to find a suitable secondary school for their son. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of teenagers with autism are in “inappropriate” secondary schools, or not in school at all, due to a dearth of suitable places, a leading rig(...)

Call for greater medical support in schools for children with life-threatening conditions. Photograph: Istock

Vulnerable children with life-threatening conditions are unsafe and at risk due to a lack of nursing supports in schools, a State advisory body for sp(...)

There are plans to provide in-school therapy, such as speech and language and occupational therapy. Photograph: iStock

Will this affect my child’s existing access to a special needs assistant? Almost 35,000 students with additional care needs – such as autism – are cu(...)

Almost 35,000 students with additional care needs are  supported by more than 14,000 special needs assistants in school each day. Photograph: iStock

The Government has insisted that a major overhaul of the special needs assistant (SNA) scheme in schools will improve outcomes for young people and is(...)

Investment in special education – which stands at about €1.7 billion – now accounts for a fifth of the overall education budget. Photograph: Istock

Almost 1,000 extra special needs assistants (SNAs) are to be allocated to schools in the autumn to help meet the needs of vulnerable students. Minist(...)

Campaigners say many children with special needs are refused access to secondary schools through use of “soft barriers”. Photograph: iStock

Are secondary schools using “soft barriers” to turn away students with special needs? Yes, says research. Latest studies show disadvantaged schools h(...)

Early therapeutic intervention, especially in the area of speech and language, can have significant positive effects on a child’s social skills, mental health and academic performance. File photograph: Getty Images

An ambitious plan to introduce specialised therapeutic services into schools for the first time has been launched by the Government. Phase one of the(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to bring an Amendment to school admissions legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is bracing itself for potential legal challenges for plans to remove the “baptism barrier” in school entry which are due to be publishe(...)

Some primary schools which are struggling to cope with teacher shortages admit to using special needs support teachers to fill in for regular class teachers. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Pupils with special needs are among the most vulnerable of children in the education system. They require the support of resource teachers and, in so(...)

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