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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

'10 February, 2015 – The Minister for Education and Skills has announced the establishment, within the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), of a new Inclusion Support Service (ISS) to assist schools in supporting children with special educational needs.'

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

'Teaching Writing to Deaf Learners: Approaches, Strategies and Resources'
This one-day writing workshop presented by Dr. Connie Mayer, Associate Professor EdD,York University,Toronto, Canada is for teachers of student(s) who are deaf / hard of hearing and will focus on those aspects of the writing process that have proven to be most problematic for deaf students.         
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'NCCA Level 1 Learning Programme Draft Background Paper'
The NCCA consultation on the Level 1 Draft Background Paper is now underway.  The consultation closes 20th March 2015.         
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'Improving Literacy and Numeracy through School Self Evaluation: Supporting Special Schools'
PDST will facilitate Day 2 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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'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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'Challenging Behaviour and Social Skills for Students with Special Educational Needs'
This two-day course 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 special educational needs SEN. It is open to all teachers in primary or special schools who are working with students with SEN. It will be available in 14 venues in January, February and March.
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'An Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Primary)'
The seminar is designed for Primary teachers who are currently working with a child with ASD. The seminar provides an understanding of ASD and how it impacts 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.
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'An Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Post-Primary)'
The seminar is designed for Post- Primary teachers who are currently working with a child with ASD. The seminar provides an understanding of ASD and how it impacts 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.
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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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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.
Click here for SESS ASD CPD Programme 2014-2015'

'Dyslexia - Indicators and Interventions'
This series of one-day seminars will be available in 21 venues during March. This seminar looks at the concept of Dyslexia and examines its impact on learning and teaching in the classroom, with a focus on appropriate teaching strategies.
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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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'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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