Welcome to the SESS Website
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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IATSE 27th Annual International Conference, June 2015
The Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE) takes place in Dublin on 12th & 13th June 2015
Click here for the IATSE website
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:
'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.
'Leading Inclusive Learning in Resource Teaching – Post Primary'
This is a one-day course for Resource, Learning Support and S.E.N Co-ordinators in mainstream Post Primary schools. This course will provide a substantial understanding into the current landscape of teaching and learning and set the context for whole school and individual planning for the teaching and learning of students with educational needs.
'Leading Inclusive Learning Principals’ Seminar – Post-Primary'
This is a 1 day course for Principal teachers in mainstream Post-Primary in leading and managing an Inclusive School.
'Lámh (Sign Communication System)'
Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. It is a type of augmentative or alternative communication system (AAC). A decision as to whether Lámh is the appropriate communication support for an individual is made only after an assessment has been carried out. Lámh signs are based on Irish Sign Language (ISL). Speech is always used with Lámh signs. Lámh signs are used to support communication.
'An Introduction to teaching students with Moderate General Learning Disabilities (ModGLD) – Post-Primary'
This is a one-day course for Resource and Learning Support teachers in mainstream Post Primary schools who teach students with ModGLD.
'Challenging Behaviour and Social Skills for Pupils With SEN'
This two-day course is open to all teachers in primary or special schools who are working with pupils with SEN. It aims to enhance participants’ understanding of approaches to preventing and managing challenging behaviour and to explore approaches to assessment and teaching of social skills to students with SEN.
'Assistive Technology for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities – TextHELP Read&Write Gold'
This full-day seminar for primary and post-primary teachers will provide professional development in assistive technology software for pupils with specific learning disabilities. The software used will be TextHELP Read&Write Gold, which is commonly recommended for pupils with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Other similar types of software will also be reviewed.
The Inclusion Support Service (ISS)
The Inclusion Support Service incorporates the following three existing services with immediate effect:
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
|Index of Featured Apps.|