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.

Updates 2016/2017

Announcement - Transition of SESS, NBSS and Visiting Teacher Service to the National Council for Special Education

As of the 20th March 2017, the management of the Special Education Support Service, along with the National Behaviour Support Service and the Visiting Teacher Service for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and for Children who are Blind/Visually Impaired, has transferred to the National Council for Special Education.  Contact details across all organisations will remain the same for this school year and existing services will continue to be provided as normal without disruption.


Special Education Teaching Allocation Circulars - Primary and Post-Primary

Circular 0013/2017 and 0014/2017 have been distributed to mainstream Primary and Post-Primary schools to advise schools of the revised allocation process for Special Education Teachers from the 2017/18 school year. The circulars are available at the following links:


New Model for Allocating Special Education Teaching Resources to Schools

January 18th, 2017 - The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., announced that a new model for allocating special education teaching resources to mainstream primary and post primary schools will be introduced from September 2017.

  • The Minister's press release is available here
  • The review of the pilot project for the new model for allocating teaching resources to mainstream schools to support pupils with special educational needs is available here
  • The NCSE press release is available here

SESS Primary Language Curriculum CPDPrimary Language Curriculum

Special Education Support Service (SESS) is continuing its professional development programme for the Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile.

Whole-school professional development for The Primary Language Curriculum will be provided to special schools by the SESS during the school year 2016-2017. 

For further information click here


NCSE - Teacher CPD Database for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs 

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This database is an online reference tool designed to provide practical support to teachers looking for continuous professional development opportunities in the area of inclusion and special educational needs. It brings together in one place an extensive range of information relating to CPD options, delivered by a variety of different providers. 

To this end, the database does not seek to replace information from individual providers, but rather acts as an initial source of general information and a ‘signposting’ mechanism for further information.