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#Special Education

# special-education - Wednesday 24 August, 2022

Minister Madigan announces 17% increase in special class places for Dublin and Cork
# Special Education
# Special Education

Minister Madigan announces 17% increase in special class places for Dublin and Cork

Aug 24th 2022, 12:23 PM 10,126 Views 11 Comments

15,759 special class places will be available this year, an increase of 2,312 from the previous school year.

# special-education - Tuesday 28 June, 2022

Government approves legislation to compel schools to provide special education classes more quickly
# Education
# Education

Government approves legislation to compel schools to provide special education classes more quickly

Jun 28th 2022, 4:14 PM 14,336 Views 14 Comments

The legislation was announced this afternoon by Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan.

# special-education - Thursday 26 May, 2022

'Ten steps backwards': Govt proposal to open 'special educational needs centres' met with criticism
# Education
# Education

'Ten steps backwards': Govt proposal to open 'special educational needs centres' met with criticism

May 26th 2022, 3:07 PM 12,707 Views 3 Comments

Five centres are set to open in Dublin in September as an “interim” solution for children without a special class place in school.

# special-education - Monday 22 February, 2021

'It's a mixed day for families': Special-education classes in mainstream schools return from today
# Special Education
# Special Education

'It's a mixed day for families': Special-education classes in mainstream schools return from today

Feb 22nd 2021, 7:45 PM 21,383 Views 21 Comments

Lorraine Dempsey, interim CEO of Inclusion Ireland said that the part-time schedule was causing “difficulties around routine”.

# special-education - Thursday 11 February, 2021

Children with special education needs return to 124 special schools today
# Special Schools
# Special Schools

Children with special education needs return to 124 special schools today

Feb 11th 2021, 8:17 AM 10,730 Views 19 Comments

Around 4,000 students will be attending special schools per day from today.

# special-education - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return
# School Closures
# School Closures

Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return

Updated Jan 21st 2021, 7:08 PM 68,708 Views 156 Comments

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
# Parents
# Parents

'Our kids are suffering': Some parents 'devastated' over failure to re-open special education as planned

Jan 21st 2021, 6:30 AM 15,136 Views 94 Comments

Schools for children with special educational needs were due to re-open today.

# special-education - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential

Jan 20th 2021, 8:36 AM 65,325 Views 344 Comments

Fórsa said that they opposed the return to schools this week as ‘there was no confidence in the Government’s approach’.

# special-education - Tuesday 19 January, 2021

Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks
# Department Of Education
# Department Of Education

Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks

Jan 19th 2021, 5:13 PM 41,161 Views 147 Comments

A webinar for teachers was held yesterday where “vitriolic” comments were left about public health experts’ assertion that schools are safe.

# special-education - Saturday 16 January, 2021

At-risk SNAs and childcare among final obstacles in resuming special-education classes
# Special Education
# Special Education

At-risk SNAs and childcare among final obstacles in resuming special-education classes

Updated Jan 16th 2021, 3:50 PM 44,549 Views 95 Comments

Minister Norma Foley said classes for children with special needs would reopen next Thursday.

# special-education - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education
# Jury Still Out
# Jury Still Out

The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education

Jan 18th 2017, 2:09 PM 10,853 Views 20 Comments

Teachers union the INTO said that the “jury was out” on the new resource model.

# special-education - Thursday 26 June, 2014

Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours
# Ruling
# Ruling

Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours

Jun 26th 2014, 8:35 PM 15,162 Views 19 Comments

The High Court made the decision in a dispute between two families and the Department of Education.

# special-education - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister
# The Educators
# The Educators

'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister

Jun 18th 2014, 1:58 PM 4,762 Views 19 Comments

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
# Changes
# Changes

Radical shake-up on the cards for country's 10,000 special education teachers

Jun 18th 2014, 11:01 AM 8,728 Views 17 Comments

Under the proposals, teachers would be allocated to schools “in line with each school’s educational need for such support”.

# special-education - Friday 12 July, 2013

Column: Austerity isn't working – so what alternatives exist for October's Budget?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Austerity isn't working – so what alternatives exist for October's Budget?

Jul 12th 2013, 7:00 AM 136 Views 73 Comments

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.

# special-education - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Number of SNAs 'similar to last year' but schools to get less resource hours
# Special Education
# Special Education

Number of SNAs 'similar to last year' but schools to get less resource hours

Jun 13th 2012, 7:34 PM 3,530 Views 8 Comments

There will be 10,311 special needs assistants allocated to schools across Ireland in September.

# special-education - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

One in four children have special educational needs - study
# Education
# Education

One in four children have special educational needs - study

Nov 16th 2011, 4:12 PM 1,850 Views 2 Comments

Teachers and parents believe up to 25 per cent of nine-year-olds have a special learning need, new research has shown.