Adam Harris

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

 Yakub Bencheikh was diagnosed last year as being on the autism spectrum. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sixth-class pupil Yakub Bencheikh was the “happiest ever” when the Covid-19 lockdown started in March, says his mother Dorota, because school is a maj(...)

Disability support groups say they have recorded a marked increase in families contacting their organisation and reporting significant difficulties. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of children with special needs or at high risk of disadvantage will be able to apply for a summer education programme under proposals to be (...)

Groups which attended a meeting with officials on Thursday expressed alarm that draft proposals for a summer programme were ‘extremely limited’ in scope. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Education has played down concerns that thousands of children with special needs could be excluded from a Government “summer programm(...)

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(...)

Margaret Lowndes and her son Noah (6). “I am really worried that he’s losing progress and worry that he’ll fall behind even further unless he is able to catch-up in some way,” she says.

Many families of children with special needs and autism are struggling to cope with a sharp increase in distress and meltdowns at home since schools s(...)

The Government is to shelve controversial plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildren. Photograph: iStock

The Government has shelved controversial plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vu(...)

The Department of Education is planning to automatically ‘frontload’ more than 10,000 SNAs to mainstream schools in advance of the new school year in September. Photograph: iStock

Planned changes to the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of schoolchildren could be a “Trojan horse” for (...)

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(...)

Department of Education inspectors’ reports released under the Freedom of Information Act show dozens of examples of schools breaching these rules. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of vulnerable children are missing out on vital education supports due to schools using resources ring-fenced for special needs to hire teach(...)

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