Primary School Education

Irish Exemption

Description An exemption from the study of Irish means that a student attending a primary or post-primary school is not required to study Irish. There are certain limited circumstances whereby an exemption may be granted.  The authority to grant an exemption has been delegated to school management. How to apply, and

Dyslexia in School

This section provides general information and advice as well as specific strategies for staff at both primary and post-primary levels. Teachers do not have to experts in dyslexia to provide the supportive and inclusive environment in the classroom that the pupil with dyslexia needs. Advice for the Mainstream Primary Teacher

NCSE Information Booklets & Pamphlets:

The NCSE has published transitional guidelines for parents of students with special educational needs. These guidelines are intended to assist parents to support their children to make successful transitions. The guidelines are available at four different stages of transitions. The NCSE has also published guidance for schools on supporting students

NCSE School Information Map:

This map provides locations of schools, contact information in schools, contact information in the NCSE and information about the resources in those schools. NCSE local staff, Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), have responsibility for specific schools – primary, post primary and special – within their area. You can find the

Inclusive Education Framework:

The NCSE is pleased to announce the publication of the Inclusive Education Framework: A guide for schools on the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs. The Inclusive Education Framework is a new interactive tool to be used by schools to assist schools plan, measure and improve how pupils with special educational needs


Welcome to the Child and Family Agency website Who we are On 1st January 2014 the Child and Family Agency became an independent legal entity, comprising HSE Children and Family Services, the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board as well as incorporating some psychological services and a

Social Inclusion Unit

Social Inclusion Unit is responsible for developing and promoting a co-ordinated Department response to tackling educational disadvantage from pre-school through to second-level education (3 to 18 years). What we do DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) Co-ordination of Traveller Education High Support/Special Schools, Youth Encounter Projects (YEPS) and Children

Remote Area Boarding Grant

The Remote Area Boarding Grant scheme makes provision for the payment of grants in respect of pupils whose normal place of residence is outside the range of public transport services to a school providing suitable free second-level education. The full terms of the scheme are outlined in Circular 0016/2016. How

Special Needs and Tuition Grants

Who we are We are a financial payment section with responsibility for the processing of various grants to all primary schools and to parents with children with special needs. We also issue payments to various organisations, projects, companies and individuals on behalf of other sections within the Department. What we

School and COVID-19:

Schools reopened at the start of the new school year – end of August 2020. Keeping schools and early childhood care and education services open during the COVID-19 public health emergency will be a Government priority in line with public health advice. You can read more about the Government’s plan for living