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

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

Post Graduate Courses for Teachers 2017 / 2018

Details of Post Graduate Programmes of Continuing Professional Development for 2017 / 2018 are outlined in recent Circulars from The Department of Education and Skills. Circular 02/2017, Circular 03/2017 and  Circular 04/2017 are available here.

Closing Date: 5 p.m. Friday 24 February 2017


Cúrsaí Iarchéime do Mhúinteoirí 2017 / 2018

Eisíodh eolas ar Chláir Iarchéime d’ Fhorbairt Ghairimiúil Leantach i gciorcalaín ón Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna. Tá Ciorcaláin 02/2017, 03/2017 agus 04/2017 ar fáil anseo.

Spriocdáta: 5 a chlog, Dé hAoine 24 Feabhra 2017

    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. 

    Reasonable Accommodations in Certificate Examinations [RACE] 

    The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is introducing changes to the scheme of Reasonable Accommodations at the Certificate Examinations (RACE scheme). This scheme enables candidates with special educational needs to access the state examinations. Please access further information at the links below.RACE Instructions for Schools


    Closing Dates: 9 December 2016 (LC); 13 January 2017 (JC)