International Experience in the Provision of Individual Education Plans for Children with Disabilities

July 2005


The Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act was enacted in Ireland in 2004. One of the key provisions of the Act was to provide the legislative basis for the introduction of individual education plans for people with special education needs. While the blueprint has now been established, much of the finer detail of how education plans will be implemented has yet to be finalised.

The aim of this report is to examine international practice in the provision of individual education plans (IEPs) and to make recommendations that may be applied to the service which emerges following the provisions of the EPSEN Act. The report begins by outlining those provisions made in the 2004 Act and identifies the structure for IEP provision in Ireland. This is followed by an overview of policy in five different countries, namely Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Then some of the key issues that emerge when policy is put into practice are explored with an examination of the research literature. Finally, the report identifies a range of recommendations which may be applied to the emerging system in Ireland.

You can read the full report online or download different versions below.

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