General Education Websites in Ireland


Department of Education & Skills
The website of the Department of Education and Skills contains a great deal of information about the Irish education system.
This is an Irish website for parents and teachers of pupils with exceptional ability. It has a section for teachers which contains some resources and links.
NCCA: National Council for Curriculum & Assessment
The Guidelines for Teachers of Students with General Learning Disabilities are available in pdf format on the NCCA Website. Also this site has the full 1999 Primary School Curriculum available.
NCTE: National Centre for Technology in Education
NCTE have a very comprehensive Special Needs & ICT section, and advice sheets for a range of disabilities. Also NCTE have 5 different SEN-related ICT courses, covering Learning Support, Mild GLD, Moderate, Severe & Profound GLD, Hard of Hearing and a Basics course.
NEPS: National Educational Psychological Service
The NEPS page on the DES website contains useful information on the service, including relevant forms and guidelines relating to the scheme for commissioning private individual psychological assessments, and a panel of psychologists.
NEWB: National Education Welfare Board
The FAQs on the details of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 are a good summary of the Act’s main points. Also contains information on the role of the NEWB and its 73 EWOs (Education Welfare Officers).
NPC: National Parents Council (Post- Primary)
Basic information on the NPC Post-Primary.

NPC: National Parents Council (Primary)
NPC have a Special Education Group with information and contact details available here. It also has a number of useful links on its Home Page.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)
The PPDS, LDS, SLSS and a number of other primary and post-primary support services have now merged, to provide a cross-sectoral support service for schools and teachers, entitled the Professional Development Service for Teachers. is a resource for people of all ages who are interested in science. It brings together information on many areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Ireland for students, parents and teachers amongst others.
Scoilnet is the official education portal of the DES. It has an extremely comprehensive Special Needs section for teachers
SEC: State Examinations Commission
This new website gives information on all aspects of the Irish State Examination system – incorporating Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Vocational. It lists the exam timetables also in advance.

Some links to other websites that may be useful:   Aware, Helping to Defeat Depression   BeLong To Youth Project   Childline Online Support   Scottish suicide prevention strategy   Connect Counselling   Console, the Bereaved by Suicide Foundation   Central Statistics Office, Ireland   Crosscare Drug & Alcohol Programme   National Documentation Centre on Drug Use   Department of Health   Gay and Lesbian Equality Network   Grow, Mental Health Movement in Ireland   HeadsUp – Mental Health Promotion Project   Helplink Support Services  Irish Association of Suicidology  International Association for Suicide Prevention   Irish Advocacy Network   Information on ASIST training (suicide intervention) and other programmes   Mental Health Ireland   My Mind online mental health support   National Institute for Mental Health in England   National Suicide Research Foundation  Pieta House – Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide  Initiative of Inspire Ireland Foundation to support young people  Samaritans, UK and Ireland  See Change is Ireland’s new national partnership to reduce stigma and challenge discrimination associated with mental health problems.  Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health  Sosad: Save our Sons and Daughters  Youth website by Community Creations  Teen-line Ireland  National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project Turn2Me online mental health support Turning the Tide of Suicide