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The role of the Special Education Support Service (SESS) is to enhance the quality of learning and teaching in relation to special educational provision. Read more about our role.


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Link to Metacognition webcastWebcast: ‘The Metacognitive Teacher and Learner: An Introduction to Metacognition in the Classroom
This webcast examines the important role which Metacognition can play in learning and teaching. It has four main sections:

  1. What metacognition is and why it is important in teaching and learning
  2. Metacognitive strategies for use by students and teachers
  3. How metacognition can benefit students with special and additional learning needs
  4. Ideas on how to implement metacognition in schools

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'Assessment for Teaching and Learning (Post Primary)'
This modular course will provide professional development for Resource, Learning Support and Guidance teachers in identifying students with additional learning needs and in planning focused and purposeful interventions to meet the needs of such learners at post primary level. It will be available in Monaghan Education Centre in April.
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'The 3 R’s To Bullying Prevention for Students with Special Educational Needs: Recognise, Respond & Report'
The SESS is delighted to announce a series of one day seminars by Dr Lori Ernsperger, Ph.D, BCBA-D. Dr. Ernsperger is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and owner of Autism and Behavioral Consulting. She has over 27 years of experience working in the public schools as a classroom teacher, administrator, and behavioural consultant. Dr. Ernsperger currently provides staff development and conference workshops to teachers. Dr. Ernsperger has written three books: Keys to Success for Teaching Students with Autism, Just Take a Bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions & Eating Challenges and Girls Under the Umbrella of ASD.
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'SESS CPD Programme for Post Primary Teachers March - June 2015'
Details of courses available in the SESS Continuing Professional Development Programme for Post Primary Teachers are available from the lnk below.  
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'An Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate General Learning Disabilities – Post Primary'
This is a 1 day course for Resource and Learning Support teachers in mainstream Post Primary schools who teach students with ModGLD. This course will provide a substantial understanding into the teaching and learning of students with ModGLD.
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'Social Stories'
This full-day workshop introduces the characteristics of social stories, and allows participants to practice writing a social story.  This seminar is available in four venues in April 2015 to primary and post-primary teachers who are teaching a student with ASD
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'Puberty, Relationships and Sexuality Education for Students with Autism'
This course will provide participants with information regarding how autism may impact on the experience of puberty, relationships and sexuality for students. In addition, participants will also be provided with strategies to support students during this period of their development.
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'Improving Literacy and Numeracy through School Self Evaluation: Supporting Special Schools'
PDST will facilitate Day 3 of a series of three seminars in the area of School Improvement.  These seminars will focus on improving literacy and numeracy through the process of school self-evaluation.  The seminars are being offered to all schools. The SESS will co-facilitate with the PDST at a number of these seminars to support Special Schools.  Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on individual school improvement experiences to date and to share school improvement practice.  The seminars will explore the school improvement process with an emphasis on implementing and monitoring.  In order to confirm a place on these seminars schools must contact their local Education Centre.    
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'SESS CPD Programme for Teachers Working with Students with ASDs 2014-2015'
Details of 23 different courses available in the SESS Continuing Professional Development Programme for Teachers Working with Students with ASDs are available from the link below.
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'Assistive Technology Outreach Programme - UCC'
UCC’s Disability Support Service is running free assistive technology training sessions for second level educators in UCC catchment area in the coming school year, 2014 -15.
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'The Inclusion Support Service (ISS)'

The Inclusion Support Service incorporates the following three existing services with immediate effect:

  • The National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS)
  • The Special Education Support Service (SESS)
  • The Visiting Teachers’ for Hearing and Visual Impairment (VTHVI) Service.

Transitional arrangements are being put in place to facilitate the continuing operation of the SESS during the transition phase to end in August 2015 and to assist with the SESS transfer to the new Inclusion Support Service.
Click here to view the announcement made by the Department of Education and Skills
Click here to view the NCSE’s response to the announcement

Apps. that Teachers Use

An occasional feature on how teachers use Apps. in their teaching of students with SEN

Featured App.Index of Featured Apps.

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