It’ll be on a phased basis.

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Special needs students will begin to return to school on a phased basis at primary level and in special schools from next week.

After meetings this morning, the first students will be able to return to class next Thursday.

Education Minister Norma Foley and Minister for Special Education Josepha Madigan met with school staff unions and management to discuss the measures earlier.

Discussions are continuing in relation to post-primary lebvel.