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Summary of DES Review of Special Education 2012 to date

Strategic Review of Special Education to Proposed New Model for Allocating Teaching Resources for Students with Special Education Needs

June 2012 to date

21 March 2017

News items: Procedures for Schools Wishing to Appeal their Special Education Teacher Allocation

16 March 2017 News items: INTO Guidance on Special Education Teaching Allocation 2017/18
9 March 2017 DES Staffing Circular 17/2017 issues – Includes details of  new special teaching allocation model and schools allocations (Appendix C)
9 March 2017

News items: DES announces a number of regional half day meetings for schools on the new model for allocation special education teachers to schools

7 March 2017

DES issue Circular 13/2017 Special Education Teaching Allocation – Advising schools of their revised special education teaching allocation for 2017/18

11 Feb 2017

INTO Special Education Conference: A new approach to supporting pupils with special education needs

18 Jan 2017

News items: INTO Response to new special education allocation model

18 Jan 2017

DES Press Release: Minister of Education Richard Bruton announced a new model for allocating special education teaching resources to mainstream schools

12 Jan 2017 INTO attended DES briefing on new model for allocating additional teachers to schools to support children with special educational needs
Autumn 2016

DES publish the Review of the pilot of a new model for allocating teaching resources to maintain schools to support pupils with special educational needs

20 June 2016

INTO attended a DES consultation meeting with Education Partners/Stakeholders

15 Sept 2015

DES press release: Pilot Project to support the development of a new model for allocating additional teaching resources to schools for pupils with special educational needs

21 May 2015 News item: DES announced that a Pilot of the New Model for Allocating Resource Teachers to Schools would be put in place in September 2015
25 Mar 2015 News item: DES announces resource teacher support for children with Down Syndrome
10 Feb 2015

News item: Minister of Education announces that there will be no change to way teachers are allocated to schools for SEN for the school year 2015/16

20 Jan 2015

INTO attend meeting with DES regarding update of progress of the Proposed New Model where broad parameters of new model were outlined

1 Oct 2014

INTO Representatives (Sean McMahon, President and Deirbhile Nic Craith, Director of Education and Research attend consultation meeting with DES, NCSE and education partners.

24 Sept 2014

INTO Response to proposed new model sent to DES Special Education

Sept 14

InTouch article –Summary of new proposal and request for comments by 19 September

5 Sept 2014

News Item on INTO website with background and supporting document to assist schools in completing the Primary School Profile Questionnaire. Summary Paper

5 Sept 2014

Primary School Profile Questionnaire sent to all schools – with return date of 26 September

18 June 2014

DES publishes the NCSE Working Group Report A better and more equitable way – Delivery for Students with Special Educational needs

8 Jan 2014

INTO Submission to NCSE

December 2013

InTouch article: asking members for their suggestions or comments by 13/12/13

October 2013

InTouch note: re September meeting between INTO and NCSE on new special education model  

17 Sept 2013

INTO (Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, Brendan O’Sullivan, President, Sean McMahon, Vice President and Deirbhile Nic Craith, Senior Official attend consultation meeting with DES/NCSE for organisations

10 Sept 2013

INTO members attend consultation meeting for Principals and Teachers

25 June  2013

Working Group established, chaired by former Chief Inspector, Eamon Stack

17 May 2013

NCSE publish policy advice on “Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs in Schools"

13 June 2012

DES announces major strategic review of special education



Updated March 2017