The teaching of foreign languages is to be introduced to primary schools from third class onwards on a pilot basis. The “language sampler module” wi(...)

All students in special schools, special classes and those with complex needs in mainstream schools will be eligible to participate in the summer programme. Photograph: iStock

The Government has announced an expanded summer “catch-up” programme for up to 81,000 children with special needs and disadvantaged students. All stu(...)

Adam Harris, chief executive of autism charity AsIAm: ‘The education system failed those in need of the greatest level of support for the better part of a 12-month period.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Months of school closures. Limited access to remote learning. A screeching halt to vital therapeutic interventions. The true scale of learning loss fo(...)

The High Court quashed the State’s refusal to provide school transport to a schoolboy with special needs. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

The High Court has quashed the State’s refusal to provide school transport to a schoolboy with special needs. In her judgment Ms Justice Niamh Hyland(...)

Parents and children protesting outside Scoil Colm in Crumlin in 2019 over the lack of school places for special needs children in south Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new special school is to be established next September in south Dublin for dozens of children with conditions such as autism and learning disabiliti(...)

Minister of State for Special Education Josepha Madigan has she will use new legal powers to ensure additional special classes are provided. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

At least seven primary schools in south Dublin have agreed to open classes for children with special needs in the current school year following a dire(...)

A large number of complaints focused on schools. Photograph: Getty Images

Education continues to be the most complained about issue for children according to the Ombudsman for Children’s latest annual report. The Ombudsman (...)

The Department of Education is entitled by law to compel schools to create special classes for autism.

In early July, Nicola Scott wrote about trying to homeschool during the school closures. Her non-verbal seven-year-old son, Patrick, has severe autism(...)

Campaigners have expressed frustration that primary schools in affluent parts of south Dublin are resisting attempts to set up special classes for chi(...)

Inspectors found evidence of restrictive enrolment practices where schools prioritise places in special classes for higher-functioning students at the expense of those with more complex needs. Photograph: iStock

The reluctance of many mainstream schools to open special classes for children with autism risks creating a “segregated” education system, according t(...)

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