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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 2016/2017



Full Time Secondment Positions

 

The SESS currently has  number of full-time secondment opportunities for the position of Advisor to support the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum. 

The closing date for applications is Thursday September 8th at 3pm. Selection will be by way of competitive interviews. Short-listing may apply. A panel may be formed from which future vacancies (full-time and part-time) may be filled.

Click here for the job description (English version)

Click here for the application form (English version)

Click here for the job description (Gaeilge version)

Click here for the application form (Gaeilge version)

 


'Policy Advice on Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools' 

The National Council for Special Education has published policy advice on supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in schools.

Click here to download the English version of the policy advice
Click here to download the Irish version of the policy advice

A separate guide for parents/guardians and students on this policy advice can be accessed here

In addition, the National Council for Special Education has published two research studies commissioned to support the development of the policy advice:

 - Educating Persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder – A Systematic Literature Review (Click here to download)

 - An Evaluation of Education Provision for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland (Click here to download)



'Guidelines for Setting Up and Organising Special Classes' 

The National Council for Special Education has published guidlines for setting up and organising special classes. The guidelines set out clearly how schools can set up and organise special classes, as part of a continuum of educational provision for students with special educational needs.

Click here to download the guidelines

Alongside the guidelines the NCSE has published the second phase report of its commisioned research study into special classes.

Click here to download the report


 

  'Evidence Informed Instructional Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder' 

World Autism Day 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



'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

Click here for access to the full text



'Report on the EQUALITY OF CHALLENGE INITIATIVE 2008-2014'

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

Click here to access Webcast



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