New laws around admission to schools will ensure greater transparency, equity and consistency in school enrolment generally. Photograph: iStock

So, why the shake-up in school admissions laws? There have been long-standing concerns over how difficult it can be for some sections of the communit(...)

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(...)

TUI members during a demonstration in 2016. Industrial action is likely to rear its head again this year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Industrial strife resumes After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put “(...)

The Government  is planning to hire an additional 1,000 SNAs next year.   Image: iStock

Thousands of parents will no longer need to pay for a diagnosis of a disability in order to access special needs assistants (SNA) for their children u(...)

Last month the National Council for Special Education floated a bold idea: we should consider abolishing special schools and special classes and place all children in mainstream schools. regardless of their level of disability. Photograph: iStock

Last month the National Council for Special Education floated a bold idea: we should consider abolishing special schools and special classes and place(...)

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(...)

The National Council for Special Education said Ireland should consider moving towards a ‘total inclusion’ model, where all children are educated side-by-side regardless of their level of disability. Photograph: iStock

Earlier this week the National Council for Special Education warned that Ireland may be in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with D(...)

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(...)

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