Note please: This page contains some Circulars issued by the DES which may be of use to teachers of pupils with Special Educational Needs. Readers should be aware that Circulars may go out of date or be superseded.
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Note Title Document
Circular 15/2017 Arrangements for the Implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with particular reference to school years 2017/18 and 2018/19
Circular 35/2017 Circular 0035/2017 Post Primary Assessment Instruments
Circular 14/2017 Special Education Teaching Allocation - Post Primary - Circular 0014/2017
Circular 0013/2017 Special Education Teaching Allocation [Primary Schools]
Ciorcalán 04/2017 Clár Teastais/Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais (Neamhoird ar an Speictream Uathaigh)
Ciorcalán 03/2017 Teastas Iarchéime in Oideachas Scoláirí ar an Speictream Uathaigh (SU) le haghaidh múinteoirí atá ag obair le Scoláirí ar an SU i Scoileanna Speisialta, i Ranganna Speisialta nó mar Mhúinteoirí Acmhainne i mBunscoileanna agus in Iar-Bhunscoileanna príomhs
Ciorcalán 02/2017 Comhchlár Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí atá ag obair i dTacaíocht Foghlama agus Oideachas Speisialta
Circular 04/2017 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Circular 03/2017 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils on the Autism Spectrum (AS) for teachers working with Pupils on the AS in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools
Circular 02/2017 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Involved in Learning Support and Special Educational Needs
Circular 0006/2016 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
Circular 0005/2016 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with Students with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 2016/2017
Circular 0004/2016 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2016/2017
Circular 0061/2015 Primary Language Curriculum [INFANTS TO SECOND CLASS]
Circular 42/2015 Implementation of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy (2011-2020)
Circular 0034/2015 Assessment Instruments (including tests and web-based resources) approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools from May 2015 until further notice
Circular 0027/2015 Information in relation to Actions under the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, Standardised Testing, Reporting, Library Support and Other Matters
Imlitir 0003/2015 Clár Teastais/Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais (Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh)
Circular 0003/2015 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
Imlitir 0002/2015 Teastas Iarchéime in Oideachas Scoláirí le Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh orthu (NSUanna) le haghaidh múinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le NSUanna orthu i Scoileanna Speisialta, i Ranganna Speisialta nó mar Mhúinteoirí Acmhainne i mBunscoileanna agus in Iar-B
Circular 0002/2015 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with Students with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 2015/2016
Imlitir 0001/2015 Comhchlár Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí atá ag obair i dTacaíocht Foghlama agus Oideachas Speisialta – 2015/2016
Circular 0001/2015 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2015/2016
Circular 070/2014 Guidance for post-primary schools on the provision of resource teaching and learning support
Circular 030/2014 The Special Needs Assistant (SNA) scheme to support teachers in meeting the care needs of some children with special educational needs, arising from a disability
Imlitir 0003/2014 Teastas Iarchéime in Oideachas Scoláirí le Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh orthu (NSUanna) le haghaidh múinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le NSUanna orthu i Scoileanna Speisialta, i Ranganna Speisialta nó mar Mhúinteoirí Acmhainne i mBunscoile
Circular 0003/2014 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with Students with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 2014/2015
Imlitir 0002/2014 Clár Teastais/Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais (Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh)
Circular 0002/2014 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
Imlitir 0001/2014 Comhchlár Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí atá ag obair i dTacaíocht Foghlama agus Oideachas Speisialta – 2014/2015
Circular 0001/2014 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2014/2015
Circular 045 /2013 Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools
Circular 0010/2013 Scheme of grants towards the purchase of essential assistive technology equipment for pupils with physical or communicative disabilities
Circular 0003/2013 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with Students with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 2013/2014
Imlitir 0003/2013 Teastas Iarchéime in Oideachas Scoláirí le Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh orthu (NSUanna) le haghaidh múinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le NSUanna orthu i Scoileanna Speisialta, i Ranganna Speisialta nó mar Mhúinteoirí Acmhainne i mBunscoileanna agus in Iar-B
Imlitir: 0002/2013 Clár Teastais/Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais (Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh)
Circular: 0002/2013 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
Imlitir 0001/2013 Comhchlár Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí atá ag obair i dTacaíocht Foghlama agus Oideachas Speisialta – 2013/2014
Circular 0001/2013 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2013/2014
Circular 0018/2012 Supporting Assessment: Standardised Testing in Primary Schools
Circular 0015/2012 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
Circular 0014/2012 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with Students with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 2012/2013
Imlitir 0015/2012 Clár Teastais/Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais (Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh)
Imlitir 0014/2012 Teastas Iarchéime in Oideachas Scoláirí le Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh orthu (NSUanna) le haghaidh múinteoirí ag obair le Scoláirí le NSUanna orthu i Scoileanna Speisialta, i Ranganna Speisialta nó mar Mhúinteoirí Acmhainne i mBunscoileanna agus in Iar-B
Circular 0013/2012 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2012/2013
Imlitir 0013/2012 Comhchlár Dioplóma Iarchéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach do Mhúinteoirí atá ag obair i dTacaíocht Foghlama agus Oideachas Speisialta – 2012/2013
Circular 0010/2012 Circular to the Management Authorities of Secondary, Community and Comprehensive Schools and the Chief Executive Officers of Vocational Education Committees on Revised Arrangements for the Provision of Resource Teaching Supports for the 2012/13 school yea
Circular 0009/2012 Staffing arrangements in post-primary schools for the 2012/13 school year
Circular 0007/2012 Staffing arrangements in Primary Schools for the 2012/13 school year
Circular 0071/2011 Public Service (Croke Park) Agreement - Special Needs Assistants
Imlitir Uimhir 0071/2011 Comhaontú na Seirbhíse Poiblí (Páirc an Chrócaigh) - Cúntóirí Riachtanas Speisialta
Circular 0056/2011 Initial Steps In The Implementation Of The National Literacy And Numeracy Strategy
Imlitir 0003/2011 Clár Teastais/Dioplóma Iar-Chéime um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leantach i Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais (Neamhoird Speictrim Uathaigh) do Mhúinteoirí
Circular 0003/2011 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development in Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) for Teachers
Circular 0002/2011 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with Students with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 2011/201
Circular 0001/2011 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2011/2012
Circular 0003/2010 Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development in Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) for Teachers
Circular 0002/2010 Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) for teachers working with pupils with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools – 2010/2011
Circular 0001/2010 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2010/2011
Circular 0024/2009 Arrangements for the 2009/2010 School Year in Relation to Learning Support/Resource Teacher posts, Resource Teacher posts and associated part-time hours
Circular 0007/2009 Graduate Certificate in the education of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders ( ASDs) for teachers working with pupils with ASDs in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Resource Teachers in Mainstream Primary or Post-Primary Schools
Circular 0006/2009 Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma programme of continuing professional development in special educational needs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) for Teachers 2009 - 2010
Documents and Publications
Circular 0005/2009 Combined Post Graduate Diploma Programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support and special education 2009 - 2010
Circular 0052/2008 Online Certificate/Diploma in Education (Special/ Inclusive Education) 2008/2009
Circular: 0048/2008 Arrangements for the 2008/2009 School Year in Relation to Learning Support/Resource Teacher (LS/RT) posts and Resource Teacher (RT) Posts
Circular 0003/2008 Combined Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuous Professional Development for Teachers involved in Learning Support and Special Education – 2008/2009
Circular 0001/2008 Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN) – 2008/2009
Circular: 0099/2007 Grants towards the purchase cost of test materials for guidance, learning support and special education needs in second level schools for 2007/2008
Circular 0051/2007 Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act 2004 and Disability Act 2005
Circular 0038/2007 Criteria for Enrolment in Special Classes for Pupils with Specific Speech and Language Disorder
Circular 0138/2006 Supporting Assessment in Primary Schools
Circular 0135/2006 Payment of an allowance to recognised Post-Primary Teachers who hold a Graduate/ Higher Diploma in Special Educational Needs
Circular Prim 21/05 Payment of an allowance to recognised Teachers who hold a Graduate/ Higher Diploma In Special Educational Needs.
Circular M14/05 Revised scheme of grants towards the purchase of equipment for pupils with a disability - Second Level Schools
Circular SP ED 02/05 Organisation of Teaching Resources for Pupils who need Additional Support in Mainstream Primary Schools
Circular Sp Ed 13/04 Allocation of Teaching and Special Needs Assistant Resources for Pupils with Special Educational Needs
Circular Sp Ed 09/04 Allocation of Resources for Pupils with Special Educational Needs in National Schools
Circular PPT 06/04 Appointment of Teachers to cater for Students with Special Educational Needs (Second Level)
Circular 32/03 Retention of Pupils in Same Grade in Primary Schools
Circular 03/03 Appointment Procedures for Special Needs Assistants - Primary
Circular 01/03 Brief Absences of Special Needs Assistants
Circular 08/02 Applications for resource teacher (replaces Circular 8/99)
Circular 08/02 Note for Professionals in relation to 08/02
Circular 08/02 Assessment form for Professionals to complete
Circular SP.ED 07/02 Applications for and role of the Special Needs Assistant
Circular 25/00 Recognition of Teacher Qualifications for the Purpose of Teaching in National Schools
Circular 09/99 Applications for special classes for children with disabilities
Circular 08/99 Applications for resource teacher
Circular 12/96 Revision of Circular 18/79 on exemption from the study of Irish - primary schools
Circular 11/95 Grants towards the purchase of equipment for pupils with a disability - PP
Circular 10/94 Revision of Rule 46 of the "Rules and Programme for Secondary Schools" in relation to exemption from Irish
Circular 20/90 Guidelines Towards a Policy for School Behaviour and Discipline