The National Council for Special Education was set up to improve the delivery of education services to persons with special educational needs arising from disabilities with particular emphasis on children.


The National Council for Special Education was first established as an independent statutory body by order of the Minister for Education and Science in December 2003.
With effect from 1 October 2005 it has been formally established under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 (EPSEN Act). That Act sets out both the general functions of the Council and its specific function in relation to the provisions of the Act.


The general functions of the Council as set out in Section 20 of the EPSEN Act may be summarised as follows.
 Planning and co-ordinating provision of education and support services to children with special educational needs.
 Disseminating information on best practice concerning the education of children with special educational needs.
 Providing information to parents in relation to the entitlements of children with special educational needs.
 Assessing and reviewing resources required by children with special educational needs.
 Ensuring that progress of students with special educational needs is monitored and reviewed.
 Reviewing education provision for adults with disabilities.
 Advising educational institutions on best practice.
 Consulting with voluntary bodies.
 Advising the Minister for Education and Science on matters relating to special education.
 Conducting research and publishing findings.


In addition the Council has specific functions in relation to the core provisions of the Act such as assessment and individual education plans.


In carrying out its functions under the Act the Council is required to consult directly with stakeholders as necessary and to establish a formal national Consultative Forum representative of all the stakeholders.

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