A pilot project is being launched today, allocating additional teaching resources to a number of schools for pupils with special needs.
28 primary and 19 secondary schools are taking part in the pilot scheme on a voluntary basis this school year.
It comes in response to a report by the National Council for Special Education, which recommended a new allocation model based on the needs of each school, rather than on the diagnosed disability of individual children.
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan says the pilot project is not the full version of the new allocation plan.
However, it is being launched for the purpose of keeping up the momentum behind the NCSE proposal.