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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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 Updates 2015/2016


World Autism Day 2016

World Autism Day 2016

To celebrate World Autism Day, April 2nd 2016, Special Education Support Service (SESS) is promoting autism awareness by highlighting both resources and evidence informed interventions to support the learning and teaching of students with autism in Ireland.

SESS has developed a video (20 mins) to demonstrate a number of evidence-informed instructional interventions that teachers working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland may draw upon to promote and facilitate development and learning.

Please click here for further information and to view the video


'Introduction to ASD [Primary and Post-Primary]'

The seminar is designed for Primary and Post-Primary Principals and Teachers who are currently working with a child diagnosed as having ASD. The seminar provides an understanding of ASD and how this effects the pupil's ability to learn and develop social skills. It also focuses on assessment and strategies to enable inclusion and access to the curriculum.

Please click here for further information and application form [Primary]

Please click here for further information and application form [Post-Primary]


'Deafness: An Introduction  [Primary and Post-Primary]'

This one-day course is for all teachers who are teaching a student who is Deaf/Hard of Hearing. 

Please click here for further information and application form


IATSE Conference: 'Voices From The Classroom: Inclusion, Special Education or Inclusive Special Education'

27th & 28th May 2016

Dublin City University, Institute of Education,

St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Call for papers

Please click here for further information

'Curriculum Access Tool: General Learning Disability (CAT-GLD)'

The Curriculum Access Tool for Students with General Learning Disability (CAT-GLD) is a framework to assist teachers in implementing the curriculum for students with General Learning Disability as outlined in the Guidelines for Teachers of Students with General Learning Disablities of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). This tool is now available to all teachers, please note that there is no password required to access the tool.

Click here to access the CAT-GLD


Recent Publications 2015/2016


'Digital Literacy Access, Participation and Communication for the 'Non-Literate' in the New Digital Age'

Tom Daly [Published in LEARN, Journal of the Irish Learning Support Association, Volume 3, 2015, 115-137]

This paper arises from work undertaken by the Special Education Support Service (SESS) within the context of the National Digital Strategy, which sought to develop support for teachers of Moderate and Severe and Profound learning disabilities in the areas of literacy and digital literacy

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Tom Daly [SESS, 2015]

The 'Equality of Challenge' Initiative was a small-scale post-primary project which aimed to advise the development of support in the area of Exceptional Ability and Dual Exceptionality. It ran from 2008/2009 to 2013/2014.

Click here for access to the full text


Webcast: '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 learningLink to Metacognition webcast
  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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