Refer to modifications in the way in which a test is administered while not altering what the test measures or the validity of its result. Accommodations may include changes to presentation format, response format, test setting or test timing.
The transition from primary to post-primary can be a stressful event for all students and their parents, and this can be compounded when the child has special educational needs. The need for flexibility in accommodating this transition, especially when the student has a special need, is noted in the Introduction to the Primary School Curriculum (PDF - 2.35 MB).
Information on Disability/Specific Learning Disability in relation to the CAO (PDF - 48 KB) process can be viewed here
Accommodations or Reasonable Accommodations in certified examinations refers to modifications in how a test is administered while not compromising the integrity of the examination system. Accommodations may include changes to presentation format, response format, test setting or test timing. In general terms, the provision aims to remove the impact of a disability so that candidates can demonstrate their full level of attainment, while not given any advantage.
Assessment tests can assist the teacher in identifying areas of learning difficulty, in measuring and recording attainment, in measuring pupil progress and in indicating intervention measures. Assessment can be formative or summative and can be for screening or diagnostic purposes.
Tests should be used judiciously as their interpretation may require professional special needs insight.
Further information on assessment can be viewed on the website of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)..
A SENO is a Special Education Needs Organiser who works for the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) and is an important link between the school and the Council. For example, the SENO deals with applications for additional support for pupils with SEN. Further information on the role of the SENO is available on the NCSE website.
Vacancies are posted here on the website as they arise.
The Teaching Council website provides information on eligibility for teaching in Ireland and related registration procedures. The DES website provides information on 'Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications'.
In general terms the SNA acts in a care and support role that is non-teaching in nature and works under the guidance and supervision of the Principal and/or class teacher. The role and duties of the SNA are more clearly defined in DES Circular 10/76 and Circular 07/02. An overview of the role is provided in the Professional Development area of the website (click here for the Professional Development area of the website).