School level


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:

  • Special educational needs
  • English as an additional language
  • Educational disadvantage
  • Detention and care schools educational settings
  • Intercultural education

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 also offer an email and phone support service via (021) 425 4241 or their Contact Us. They also have a number of resources located here.


The Primary Professional Development Service, which has now been subsumed into the PDST, has provided seminars and training in this area in the past. The support materials are still relevant and available.

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

ABA Autism Classroom Case Study - Video

Spotlight on Resources Created

Add a resource

Did you know that your Internet Explorer is out of date

To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version or other web browser.

Upgrade your browser now

Registering for a Scoilnet Account – your first step to contributing and sharing

What you need...

To register for a Scoilnet Account you will need to have a Teaching Council number and a roll number for your school in Ireland.

If you already have a Scoilnet Account then you can sign in here.

The benefits...

A Scoilnet account will allow you to upload your resources or weblinks to Scoilnet as well as enabling you to share and add resources to a favourites listing. Users who have a Scoilnet Account will also be able to fully access Scoilnet Maps and Census@School from home.


Add this resource to your Learning Path

You need to login before you can add this resource to a Learning Path