Philip McGiff and his autistic daughter Nicole, who is six and has no school place. Photograph: Alan Betson

Six-year-old Nicole McGiff should have started primary school last September. Instead, she sits at home each day and watches Mickey Mouse and Princess(...)

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(...)

Mary Byrne, head of special education at the National Council for Special Education  (left) and the council’s chief executive  Teresa Griffin at the publication of its  first major report on the education of students with autism in almost 14 years. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography.

One in every 65 school children (1.5 per cent) in the State has a diagnosis of autism, much higher than the one in 100 estimated just three years ago,(...)

Parents of children with special needs have been urged to contact schools well in advance of the new school year to ensure they have a chance to adapt buildings, apply for additional supports or seek additional training for teachers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Parents of children with special needs have been urged to contact schools well in advance of the new school year to ensure they have a chance to adap(...)

Patricia Doherty special needs assistant, with Cian Corrigan and his mother Niamh, at the ABC Club preschool in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Officials charged with overseeing the provision of special needs assistants (SNAs) to children with learning disabilities have clashed over who is res(...)

Since late last year the Department of Education has working to implement a new system of allocating resources that would allow pupils with special educational needs gain access to extra teaching resources without having to get a diagnosis of disability.

Plans to reform the allocation of resources for special education needs have been shelved for this year despite concerns about unfairness with the cur(...)

Clive Byrne, director of National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said principals had been asked to make “guesstimates”.

A third of post-primary schools have failed to return questionnaires designed to help allocate resources for special education needs from next Sept(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said he was not satisfied with the delays facing parents in getting assessments of their children by health authorities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Schools will be obliged to accept children with special needs under robust new rules proposed in a Government advisory report. The findin(...)