Individual education plans in the Republic of Ireland: an emerging system

Richard Rose, Michael Shevlin, Eileen Winter, Paul O'Raw, Yu Zhao

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The Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act in Ireland advocated the development of individual education plans (IEPs). However, this section of the Act has never been fully implemented and there is no obligation upon schools to develop IEPs. Research conducted across the country examined the extent to which IEPs have been developed and implemented in schools and attitudes towards their use. Interviews were conducted with teachers, parents, pupils and other professionals to gain data related to IEP development and implementation. The findings of the research suggest that schools are taking an initiative in developing IEPs, though there is inconsistency in their use and in perceptions of their usefulness
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Special Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2012


  • Individual education plans
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Special Educational Needs
  • inclusive education


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