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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594579
Title:
Research report on the role of special schools and classes in Ireland
Authors:
Ware, Jean; Balfe, Tish; Butler, Cathal; Day, Thérèse; Dupont, Maeve; Harten, Catherine; Farrell, Ann-Marie; McDaid, Rory; O'Riordan, Margaret; Prunty, Anita; Travers, Joseph
Abstract:
This review of the role and operation of special schools and special classes was conducted in two phases. The first phase was commissioned by the special education section (SES) of the Department of Education and Science (DES) and the second by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Both studies were conducted by the special education department of St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra. The first phase, conducted between December 2005 and January 2007, was a questionnaire-based census of special schools and mainstream primary schools with special classes. Two types of information were sought: quantitative information on provision (for example, pupil and teacher number`s; availability of support services; curricular provision) and more qualitative information on the role of special schools and classes and links with mainstream. It was always intended that the results from this first phase would be built on via a more in-depth second phase commissioned by the NCSE. The aims of Phase One were to: reaffirm the status of special schools with regard to their position on the continuum of provision for children with special educational needs ; consult special schools about their vision for the future ; identify which pupils were being catered for in special schools and classes ; explore whether (or not) the pupil population of special schools was changing ; provide the basis for a more in-depth study by the NCSE. The second phase, conducted between November 2007 and November 2008, was designed to address three specific issues: (1) To review the role of special schools in the provision of education to pupils with SEN and in particular to examine ways in which special schools can act in a co-operative way with mainstream primary and post-primary schools to provide enhanced service to pupils with SEN and their parents. (2) To review the role of special classes in mainstream schools for pupils with SEN having particular regard to the principle of inclusive education as described in Section 2 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004). (3) To provide a review of international practice in the area of special education with a particular emphasis on the use of special schools and special classes. More specifically the study examined: the potential for special schools to offer expertise and services to mainstream primary and post-primary schools ; the issues related to dual enrolment ; whether special schools should cater for specified categories of special needs or a broader/full range of special needs and what implications changes in the spectrum of special needs over time has in this regard ; whether special schools should be used/developed as centres of excellence and if so, in what areas and how should they be used. This report incorporates information from both phases of the review in order to give as full a picture as possible within the constraints of time and budget.
Affiliation:
St Patrick's College of Education
Citation:
Ware, J. et al (2009) 'Research report on the role of special schools and classes in Ireland'. National Council for Special Education. NCSE research reports no. 4.
Publisher:
National Council for Special Education
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594579
Additional Links:
http://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/4_NCSE_SpecSchlsClas.pdf
Type:
Technical Report
Language:
en
Description:
The National Council for Special Education has funded this research. Responsibility for the research (including any errors or omissions) remains with the authors. The views and opinions contained in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Council.
Appears in Collections:
Comparative and International Education and Lifelong Learning Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorWare, Jeanen
dc.contributor.authorBalfe, Tishen
dc.contributor.authorButler, Cathalen
dc.contributor.authorDay, Thérèseen
dc.contributor.authorDupont, Maeveen
dc.contributor.authorHarten, Catherineen
dc.contributor.authorFarrell, Ann-Marieen
dc.contributor.authorMcDaid, Roryen
dc.contributor.authorO'Riordan, Margareten
dc.contributor.authorPrunty, Anitaen
dc.contributor.authorTravers, Josephen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-22T13:06:07Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-22T13:06:07Zen
dc.date.issued2009en
dc.identifier.citationWare, J. et al (2009) 'Research report on the role of special schools and classes in Ireland'. National Council for Special Education. NCSE research reports no. 4.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594579en
dc.descriptionThe National Council for Special Education has funded this research. Responsibility for the research (including any errors or omissions) remains with the authors. The views and opinions contained in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Council.en
dc.description.abstractThis review of the role and operation of special schools and special classes was conducted in two phases. The first phase was commissioned by the special education section (SES) of the Department of Education and Science (DES) and the second by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Both studies were conducted by the special education department of St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra. The first phase, conducted between December 2005 and January 2007, was a questionnaire-based census of special schools and mainstream primary schools with special classes. Two types of information were sought: quantitative information on provision (for example, pupil and teacher number`s; availability of support services; curricular provision) and more qualitative information on the role of special schools and classes and links with mainstream. It was always intended that the results from this first phase would be built on via a more in-depth second phase commissioned by the NCSE. The aims of Phase One were to: reaffirm the status of special schools with regard to their position on the continuum of provision for children with special educational needs ; consult special schools about their vision for the future ; identify which pupils were being catered for in special schools and classes ; explore whether (or not) the pupil population of special schools was changing ; provide the basis for a more in-depth study by the NCSE. The second phase, conducted between November 2007 and November 2008, was designed to address three specific issues: (1) To review the role of special schools in the provision of education to pupils with SEN and in particular to examine ways in which special schools can act in a co-operative way with mainstream primary and post-primary schools to provide enhanced service to pupils with SEN and their parents. (2) To review the role of special classes in mainstream schools for pupils with SEN having particular regard to the principle of inclusive education as described in Section 2 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004). (3) To provide a review of international practice in the area of special education with a particular emphasis on the use of special schools and special classes. More specifically the study examined: the potential for special schools to offer expertise and services to mainstream primary and post-primary schools ; the issues related to dual enrolment ; whether special schools should cater for specified categories of special needs or a broader/full range of special needs and what implications changes in the spectrum of special needs over time has in this regard ; whether special schools should be used/developed as centres of excellence and if so, in what areas and how should they be used. This report incorporates information from both phases of the review in order to give as full a picture as possible within the constraints of time and budget.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNational Council for Special Educationen
dc.relation.urlhttp://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/4_NCSE_SpecSchlsClas.pdfen
dc.subjectIrelanden
dc.subjectspecial educationen
dc.titleResearch report on the role of special schools and classes in Irelanden
dc.typeTechnical Reporten
dc.contributor.departmentSt Patrick's College of Educationen
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