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Welcome to NABMSE

Welcome to the website of the National Association of Boards of Management in Special Education (NABMSE) – the management voice of Special Education in Ireland. NABMSE provides a countrywide representation of Boards of Management of Special Schools and Mainstream Schools that provide education for pupils with low and high incidence special educational needs.

NABMSE has over 230 members from Special and Mainstream schools. An Executive Committee is elected by the members at its Annual General Meeting, normally held in October. The Executive Committee members, working as volunteers, are responsible for running the organization.

NABMSE policies are based on relevant legislation in the education and disability areas such as the Education Act 1998, The Equal Status Act 2000, and the Education for Persons with Special Education Needs Act (EPSEN) 2004. The policy of the organization is also derived from motions passed at the Annual General Meeting. Motions are usually issues of importance and concern to Boards of Management in Special Education and are forwarded and discussed by member Boards at the AGM. These motions are followed up and lobbied for by NABMSE with the relevant Department or Agency on behalf of our members.

What NABMSE does


Provides our members with information, advice and support through our office.

Lobbies the Department of Education and Skills, other Government Departments and statutory bodies with responsibility for students with special educational needs (SEN).

Liaises with other partners in education on all issues affecting members, including the NCSE, NCCA, SESS and others, as well as other primary stakeholder organisations, including the IPPN, Educate Together, an Foras Pátrúnacha, ETBI, Muslim Primary Education Board, JMB and the INTO.

Commissions research into issues affecting Boards of Management working with pupils with SEN.

Is involved in the development of training for Boards of Management. This includes the Annual Conference, Regional Seminars and GDPR training.

Is one of the consultative groups in the education sector. NABMSE has nominees on the National Council for Special Education, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, NCCA Special Education Steering Committee and the National Council for Special Education Consultative Forum. It is also represented at all relevant working groups at the Department of Education and Skills.

Makes submissions to projects / studies / committees dealing with issues that affect Boards of Management dealing with pupils with SEN. The most recent submissions include Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters on ‘The impact of the decision to delay the return to school of children with special educational needs’ (January 2021), Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education & Skills on the topic ‘Ensuring that schools are open in a manner which is both safe and sustainable’ (October 2020). Submission to the Department of Education and Skills for the Re-Opening of Schools in September 2020 (Special Schools and Classes); Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education & Skills for the Provision of ASD and Special Classes in Mainstream Schools throughout the State (June 2018).