Special Education Symposium 2024

24 February 2024

Midlands Park Hotel

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The INTO Special Education Symposium 2024 included speakers in the opening session with expertise in areas such as early years autism intervention, the School Inclusion Model programme, the SEND (Special Education and Disabilities) Transformation Programme in Northern Ireland, and the experience of parenting a special needs child.

The panel session after lunch included representatives from INTO, Department of Education (DE), National Council for Special Education (NCSE), National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and National Parents Council (NPC) to discuss questions related to special education raised in the discussion groups and submitted by delegates prior to the conference.

A recording of the plenary sessions is viewable here.


9.00 – 9.45am Registration
9.45 – 11.00am Opening Addresses

Dorothy McGinley, INTO President
Dr Brian Fitzgerald, National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
Niamh Harris, INTO District 5
Caroline McCarthy, INTO Northern Committee
Mary McKenna, Autism Consultant

11.00 – 12.15pm Discussion groups
12.15 – 1.30pm Delegate Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm Panel Discussion

Carmel Browne, INTO Vice President
John Kearney, National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
Martina Mannion, Department of Education
Carmel O’Shea, National Parents Council (NPC)
Anne Tansey, National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

2.30pm Conference closing

John Boyle, INTO General Secretary



24 February 2024


Midlands Park Hotel