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.
Science.ie 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:
www.aware.ie Aware, Helping to Defeat Depression
www.belongto.org BeLong To Youth Project
www.childline.ie Childline Online Support
www.chooselife.net Scottish suicide prevention strategy
www.connectcounselling.ie Connect Counselling
www.console.ie Console, the Bereaved by Suicide Foundation
www.cso.ie Central Statistics Office, Ireland
www.drugs.ie Crosscare Drug & Alcohol Programme
www.drugsandalcohol.ie National Documentation Centre on Drug Use
www.dohc.ie Department of Health
www.glen.ie Gay and Lesbian Equality Network
www.grow.ie Grow, Mental Health Movement in Ireland
www.headsup.ie HeadsUp – Mental Health Promotion Project
www.helplink.ie Helplink Support Services
www.ias.ie Irish Association of Suicidology
www.iasp1960.org International Association for Suicide Prevention
www.irishadvocacynetwork.com Irish Advocacy Network
www.livingworks.net Information on ASIST training (suicide intervention) and other programmes
www.mentalhealthireland.ie Mental Health Ireland
www.mymind.org My Mind online mental health support
www.nimh.nih.gov National Institute for Mental Health in England
www.nsrf.ie National Suicide Research Foundation
www.pieta.ie Pieta House – Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide
www.reachout.com Initiative of Inspire Ireland Foundation to support young people
www.samaritans.org Samaritans, UK and Ireland
www.seechange.ie See Change is Ireland’s new national partnership to reduce stigma and challenge discrimination associated with mental health problems.
www.shineonline.ie Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health
www.sosadireland.ie Sosad: Save our Sons and Daughters
www.spunout.ie Youth website by Community Creations
www.teenline.ie Teen-line Ireland
www.travellersuicide.ie National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project
www.turn2me.ie Turn2Me online mental health support
www.3Ts.ie Turning the Tide of Suicide