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A spokesman for the Department of Education confirmed that special schools and classes would remain closed and said the unions’ stance was ‘regrettable’. File photograph: iStock

The Government has been forced to abandon plans to reopen special schools and classes this week for thousands of children with additional needs follow(...)

Thousands of children with additional needs are due to return to special schools on alternate days from next Thursday under detailed plans agreed with unions. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of children with additional needs are due to return to special schools on alternate days from next Thursday under detailed plans agreed with(...)

 A spokeman for Minister for Education Norma Foley said it was impossible to say at this point how long school closures would last. Photograph: Julien Behal

Reopening schools for special needs pupils will be prioritised ahead of other students, Minister for Education Norma Foley has told disability advocac(...)

Advocacy groups  will tell Minister for Education Norma Foley of the urgent need to reopen special schools and classes in a meeting on Monday. Photograph: iStock

The Government is being urged to prioritise the vaccination of special education teaching staff next month in order to speed up the reopening of schoo(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times/ File

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said that the Government will focus on how special needs and vulnerable students will be supported while scho(...)

The Ombudsman for Children’s has urged the Government to avoid a blanket closure of schools due to the negative affect it will have on vulnerable children.

The Government is expected to keep special schools and special classes open for thousands of children with special needs. There are about 16,000 chil(...)

Vulnerable children are losing out on vital supports due to Covid-19 restrictions since schools reopened in September, according to a new survey. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP

Vulnerable children are losing out on vital supports due to Covid-19 restrictions since schools reopened in September, according to a new survey. The(...)

Samantha Holman says her son Simon (16) finds it difficult to wear a face mask

The compulsory wearing of face coverings in secondary schools will make going back to education a major challenge for many young people with autism, a(...)

Leinster coach and AsIAm ambassador  Leo Cullen  with six-year-old Catalina Ryan from Terenure at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Leo Cullen has strongly indicated that Leinster will probably be obliged to rotate heavily during what is an unprecedented first two months of rugby a(...)

“Parents of autistic children worry that their children won’t catch up and that they will spend a lot of time trying to get back to where they were at and that they won’t meet their developmental milestones,” says Adam Harris, CEO of As I Am.

Returning to school after the extended break due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be challenging for all students, but many children with autism will nee(...)

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