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

Teacher Education For Inclusion Survey

[For Teachers Completing Teacher Education Programmes]

The Initial Teacher Education (ITE) for Inclusion Project have launched an online student survey, aimed at students now completing their teacher education programmes. The survey focuses on student's understanding of inclusion and how they think that ITE can best prepare students for inclusive teaching.

Please click here to access the survey 


'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


 Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education

Please see the link below to access the new IATSE website which features links to courses, resources and publications of intereest to teachers of students with Special Educational Needs.

Click here to access the iatse-online.ie

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


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