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Sunday 10 December 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Special Education

This year
Fears extra 1,200 SNA posts from next September 'doesn't go far enough'
From next September Ireland will have the highest number of special needs assistants ever had in the education system.
Dublin primary schools finding it incredibly difficult to recruit teachers for September
‘The Department has known that we are struggling to find teachers for months, and the Minister has said nothing’.
No 'specific number' on how many children can participate in Summer Programme
Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan launched this year’s programme this afternoon.
Last year
Minister Madigan announces 17% increase in special class places for Dublin and Cork
15,759 special class places will be available this year, an increase of 2,312 from the previous school year.
Government approves legislation to compel schools to provide special education classes more quickly
The legislation was announced this afternoon by Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan.
'Ten steps backwards': Govt proposal to open 'special educational needs centres' met with criticism
Five centres are set to open in Dublin in September as an “interim” solution for children without a special class place in school.
All time
'It's a mixed day for families': Special-education classes in mainstream schools return from today
Lorraine Dempsey, interim CEO of Inclusion Ireland said that the part-time schedule was causing “difficulties around routine”.
Children with special education needs return to 124 special schools today
Around 4,000 students will be attending special schools per day from today.
Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return
The Fórsa union has said it wanted special education back “as soon as possible” but criticised “running commentary in the media”
'Our kids are suffering': Some parents 'devastated' over failure to re-open special education as planned
Schools for children with special educational needs were due to re-open today.
Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential
Fórsa said that they opposed the return to schools this week as ‘there was no confidence in the Government’s approach’.
Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks
A webinar for teachers was held yesterday where “vitriolic” comments were left about public health experts’ assertion that schools are safe.
At-risk SNAs and childcare among final obstacles in resuming special-education classes
Minister Norma Foley said classes for children with special needs would reopen next Thursday.
The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education
Teachers union the INTO said that the “jury was out” on the new resource model.
Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours
The High Court made the decision in a dispute between two families and the Department of Education.
'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister
Ruairi Quinn says that because three of the four members of the Economic Management Council are teachers, he never has to fight for funding.
Radical shake-up on the cards for country's 10,000 special education teachers
Under the proposals, teachers would be allocated to schools “in line with each school’s educational need for such support”.
Column: Austerity isn't working – so what alternatives exist for October's Budget?
Despite the growing number of voices criticising austerity as a method to meet deficit targets, the government has indicated there is more to come. This situation can’t continue, writes Rory Hearne.
Number of SNAs 'similar to last year' but schools to get less resource hours
There will be 10,311 special needs assistants allocated to schools across Ireland in September.
One in four children have special educational needs - study
Teachers and parents believe up to 25 per cent of nine-year-olds have a special learning need, new research has shown.