UPDATE: Minister speaks on the return of special schools and special needs students in primary schools next week

Discussions are still underway in relation to secondary school students.


Special schools and special needs students in primary schools will be able to return to classrooms from next week.

Special students will be able to access in-person education on a phased basis from Thursday January 21st. 

This will also apply to children who are not in a special class but have significant additional needs. 

Discussions are still underway in relation to secondary school students. 

Minister for Education Norma Foley says they are working towards a return to school for everyone when it is safe to do so

" We are working together towards a staggered return for children in special schools and a return to school for those in special classes in primary schools, and children who access SEN supports in mainstream primary classes beginning on the 24th of January, Schools will also have discretion to accommodate their most vulnerable students"

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