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As requested by Teachers and SNAs, for Teachers and SNAs

Welcome to Education Nation
Online learning for all school staff to better help all pupils with special needs.
A whole-school online training resource for all school staff members from CATTS

Education Nation is a subscription service for schools to all our CATTS online courses, including any new upcoming courses.

The service was set up, in response to SNA’s and teachers identifying a need for accessible and timely training, delivered on topics that will make a practical difference in the classroom. Any school staff member on the school pay roll can be set up to access the training, encouraging whole school participation and inclusion. This approach benefits everyone, not just those pupils who may have additional needs or challenges.

All subscriptions are set to allow FULL ACCESS to the on demand courses with all school staff (teaching and non teaching) based on school size. 

Education Nation has been compiled based on the feedback from special education teachers, SNAs working in Ireland who have given feedback and suggestions to CATTS Ireland on what would be an ideal resource to allow them do the best they can supporting their pupils.

SNA / SE Teacher / Teacher feedback 2018-2019 on what would make the most difference to help them with inclusion goals.


Feel free to use the calculator below to see how much your school can save vs purchasing the online courses separately on our public training page here.

As of the end of December 2019, the total cost for 1 person to take all our courses on our main page is €552 for over 27 full hours of CPD training. A school licence gives you all that for a fraction of the cost.

Note for Special Schools, or schools who need extra user licences.

The user increments are in blocks of 10 staff members.
So, 0-100 pupil school covers up to 10 staff, 101-200 pupils, 20 staff etc.

If you run a Special School, it is normal to have a higher pupil to staff ratio.
(Some special schools have told us that they need enough user licences to cover all staff that they would fall into the highest bracket, despite having under 100 pupils.)

To keep it fair for these important services, we can add an Additional User pack to your subscription for a price of €50 which give your account an additional 20 users.

To order, please select your school size based on pupils and register, then email us with your details and the number of additional user packs you wish to order. Likewise, if you are a mainstream school and have the same situation, plea


If your school has just signed up, please click on the picture above to go to setup instructions to help you get started fast!

If your school has not signed up to this service yet, please click here to see how to access the supports.

Below is a selection of courses currently available and planned.

This service is available to Primary Schools, Preschools, Special and Secondary Level Schools only.
All these courses can be purchased individually on our main site here.

Please see a selection of some of the upcoming and current briefings materials below, or select your school type to view content appropriate for your school setting only:


  • Your Subscription includes a closed broadcast license for staff, for use for curriculum days or in-house training.
  • Templates for download (e.g. Communication Passport examples and templates)
  • Personal note templates for SNAs and teachers to assist in mapping learning to a pupil’s IEP or Student Support File.
  • Access for all staff members, with individual accounts arranged as part of subscription.

Featured Selection of courses, briefings and materials:

Behaviour 101 (Exploring Behaviour)

Ages and Stages of Development Self Esteem Drivers of Behaviour L.E.A.V.E. Approach 3 Principles

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ASD in the classroom

Practical strategies and supports which you can setup in your classroom to assist a pupil with ASD. SUGGESTED PRE-REQUISITE Online Course: AUTISM 101

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Autism 101

A short, to the point, helpful course in order to quickly get to grips with supporting someone with Autism

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Practical Techniques to help a child’s communication

Children with communication difficulties need extra practice. Typical kids need hundreds of repetitions of a word to learn a word (except for swear words) and kids with communication difficulties often need more than that.

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Voice Care for Teachers

Did you know? Teachers are 32 times more likely to report voice difficulties than the average person. 11% of teachers reported a current voice disorder, with 58% experiencing a voice problem during their career. (Nelson 2005) Teachers are 4% of the working population, but compose 20% of patients seen in voice clinics.

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Preschool Age Stuttering – Patty Walton

This is a specialised course for Speech and Language Pathologists. It is available to view in it’s entirety, and will give the general viewer an excellent overview of the challenges and key points of awareness and support that you can give a preschooler who has a stammer.

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School Age Stuttering – Patty Walton

This is a specialised course for Speech and Language Pathologists. It is available to view in it’s entirety, and will give the general viewer an excellent overview of the challenges and key points of awareness and support that you can give a pupil who has a stammer.

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Creating, Using & Teaching Visuals

How to do it PROPERLY to help the child in your class communicate with others - AND reduce anxiety and frustration. (For everyone!)

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Down Syndrome 101

A short introduction to Down Syndrome, what it is, and the most common presentation in children.

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Supporting Children with Speech Sound Disorders in the Classroom

During this course, you will learn - What is a speech disorder - Types of speech disorders - Impacts of having a speech disorder - Causes of speech disorders - Symptoms of speech disorders - How SLTs diagnose speech disorders - What an SLT may prescribe to help a pupil with a speech disorder - What a pupil with a speech disorder needs from their SNA and teacher.

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Behaviour – Using Social Stories

A social story is a great tool to help manage expectations, which can often lead to a reduction in what is often termed 'Problem behaviour'.

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Tips for Language Development

This is a general talk designed to provide information on language development in young children.

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Communicating PAIN

Being able to successfully communicate the source of, and even cause of, pain is vitally important in a young child or a person with communication issues.

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Emotional Regulation

Lets talk about emotional regulation. We all need it. How do you encourage it with someone who has difficulties?

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ASD Course Series

If you are supporting someone with ASD in any school setting, this comprehensive course pack contains all our ASD courses and will help set you up to support your pupil.

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How to help a pupil who is stuttering

Stuttering, or stammering can profoundly affect an individual. There are ways you can practically help.

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ADHD 101

Short to the point course outlining what ADHD is, how it presents, and key steps you need to take to support a pupil in the classroom who has, or is suspected of having it.

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AAC Devices 101

AAC Devices. What the term AAC covers, what are the most common ones in use, and how to create general support for an AAC user.

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Mindfulness for Educators 101

You cannot pour from an empty cup. You need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others

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Six Steps to Success with GraceApp

How to setup and use GraceApp (also applicable to most AAC Apps and devices).

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Communication Passports

Speech and Language Therapist Marijke Morris outlines what Communication Passports are, how to create them, and why you always need them for children and adolescents with communication difficulties.

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