The Department of Education said it was working  with schools to ensure they have the resources and supports necessary to successfully run the programmes. Photograph: iStock

Many parents say they are worried that schools are not signing up in sufficient numbers to host summer “catch-up” programmes of education aimed at ten(...)

The Department of Education has confirmed that many primary schools are entitled to take next week off by using “discretionary days” even though a mid-term break is not scheduled. Photograph: iStock

Parents have expressed frustration that many primary schools are taking a week off next week despite disruption to children’s education over the past (...)

Adam Harris, chief executive of autism charity AsIAm, said  there appeared to be a ‘hierarchy of rights’ operating in some affluent schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social class is a key factor behind the reluctance of schools in wealthy areas to enrol students with special needs, an Oireachtas committee has heard(...)

Shane Corr, a senior civil servant with the department of health made a protected disclosure as a whistleblower. Photograph: Screen grab from RTÉ

The Data Protection Commission has said it is making contact with the Department of Health in relation to claims it secretly gathered information from(...)

Primary school pupils from junior infants up to second class and sixth-year second-level students are returning as part of a staggered resumption of in-person teaching. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Students with additional educational needs in mainstream classes are being “left behind” as schools reopen on a limited basis for tens of thousands of(...)

The Government ’s decision to close all schools  is “unconstitutional”, according to legal opinion obtained by children’s rights campaigners. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Government ’s decision to close all schools and the continued lack of education for some groups of children is “unconstitutional”, according to le(...)

Lorraine Dempsey, chair of Inclusion Ireland,  told the committee that parents had been left confused by the changing message the Department of Education was giving about the summer school programme for children with special needs. Photograph:   Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

The lack of access to schools and therapists for children with special needs during the pandemic has been “catastrophic”, the Covid-19 committee has b(...)

The Department of Education  says the move means parents will no longer need to pay for a diagnosis of a disability and schools will not require a formal application in order to access support.

Opposition is growing to plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildr(...)

File image of a silver Mercedes estate. File photograph: Cars Ireland

A child’s customised wheelchair was in the boot of a car that was stolen in Skerries, Co Dublin, in the early hours of Friday. Gardaí are invest(...)

The Special Needs Parents’ Association said it is troubled by the language used given the State’s obligation to provide education to all young people. File photograph: Getty Images

Parents of children with special needs have criticised “dangerous and insensitive” comments by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and his officials(...)

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