Minister for Education Joe McHugh has been called upon to seek urgent policy advice from the National Council for Special Education on the issue of school exclusion. Photograph: Jim Coughlan

Hundreds of “invisible” children with autism or special needs are being excluded from school but do not show up in official statistics, according to n(...)

‘The school tried its best, but they were struggling and ill-equipped’: Suzanne Voakes and her son Rian (6). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rian is almost seven. He loves the Avengers, playing with Lego, climbing and messy play. “He’s the joy of our family,” says his mother, Suzanne Voake(...)

Under the pilot project, SNAs will be automatically provided to schools at the start of the school year based on their profile rather than number of pupils diagnosed with disabilities. Photograph: iStock

Special needs assistants (SNAs) will be automatically provided to schools at the start of the academic year rather than waiting for an individual stud(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Department of Health was right to prioritise legislation to establish a tribunal to deal with the CervicalCheck controversy. File photograph: Tom Honan/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended Minister for Health Simon Harris after his predecessor at the Department of Health James Reilly criticised Mr Harr(...)

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(...)

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