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Inclusion in education is recognised as a basic human right and is the foundation for a more just and equal society. Having a policy and ethos of inclusion in schools ensures that education is provided to children in the context of:

The following is an overview of the supports and resources relating to inclusion;

Special Education Support Services

The SESS provides support to teachers in the form of in-school professional development and individual professional development. They offer an email and phone support service via 1850 200884 or

National Council for Special Education

The NCSE deliver a service through a national network of Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) who liaise with parents and schools and the HSE in providing resources to support children with special educational needs. In 2011 it published Inclusive Education Framework: A guide for schools on the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs.


Scoilnet has developed a number of factsheets (see below) which provide definitions, characteristics of special needs, helpful strategies and related links as a means of supporting teachers in responding to inclusion in education. 

Inclusive education is a process that involves the transformation of schools and other centres of learning to cater for all children – including boys and girls, students from ethnic and linguistic minorities, rural populations…

UNESCO, 2009

Introduction to the Laptops Initiative (2003-05) which involved mobile technology, literacy and inclusion

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