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Deirdre Murphy (Ní Mhurchú)

Deirdre Murphy


01 853 5183
St. Mary’s, Room 221

Section/ Rannóg:
Inclusive Education


Qualifications/ Cáilíochtaí:
Ph.D candidate (DCU), area Special Education, Bilingualism and Assessment.
H.Dip. Psychology. (DBS)
M.SEN. (Special Educational Needs) (DCU)
Dip.SEN. (Special Educational Needs) (DCU)
H.Dip.Ed.Primary (TCD)


Teaching/ Múineadh:

  • Inclusive Education Lecturer for the Bachelor in Education and Baitsiléir san Oideachas trí Mheán na Gaeilge, redesign of form and content, and delivery for the B.Ed. To design and deliver the module (B.Oid).
  • Special Educational NeedsLecturer for the Bachelor in Educational Studies, design and delivery of the module.
  • Curriculum and Assessment Lecturer for the Bachelor in Education and the Baitsiléir san Oideachas trí Mheán na Gaeilge, design and delivery of the module.
  • Dissertation Supervisor for Special Education, Assessment, and Bilingualism.
  • Teaching and Learning

Research and Professional Interests/ Taighde agus Sainspéiseanna:
Special Education, Inclusion, Assessment, Bilingualism.

Current projects: Involved with the Erasmus ‘Empowering Inclusive Teachers for Today and Tomorrow’ Project (Anne Ryan coordinator). Involved with the Teaching Council Droichead project, ‘Teachers’ experience of the professional induction process’.

Committee/ Organisation Memberships/ Coistí agus Ballraíochtaí:
Irish Research Network Childhood Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Network member (TCD)
Working Group member for Language Impairment in Bilingual/ Multilingual children (TCD)
Member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Digital Literacy Network to inform the national media literacy strategy (BAI).
IATSE (Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education), ILSA (Irish Learning Support Association), ATEE (Institutional membership)
Internal Strategic Review Committee (Marino)
Previous Memberships: Interagency Planning Committee, SEN steering committee (NCCA), DES CPD committee, ERC review of Primary Assessments.

Chair/ Cathaoirleach:
Former chair of the Language advisory group (NCCA), Chair of Quality and Assurance Group for Examples of children’s work for SEN and Language (NCCA).
Current Chair of the Research Development Committee for Special Educational Needs (ATEE).

Selection of Recent Publications/ Foilseacháin le Déanaí:

Books (chapter):
Murphy, D., Travers, J (2012). Including young bilingual learners in the assessment process. In Day, Travers (Ed). Special and Inclusive Education: A Research Perspective. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Journals/ Magazines/ Reports
Murphy, D (2017). Updates on the Language Curriculum, IPPN magazine, April edition
Murphy, D (2016). The new Primary Language Curriculum, Literacy Association of Ireland.
NCCA (2016) .The Special Educational Needs Pathways. Support material for use with the Primary Language Curriculum.           
Murphy, D. (2016). The new Primary Language Curriculum, INTO magazine, May edition
Murphy, D., Travers, J. (2011). Literature Review: High level diagnostic tools in Irish for children with special educational needs in the Irish medium sector. Research report for the Department of Education, Northern Ireland, FGS McClure Waters.

Selection of Recent Presentations/ Comhdhálacha le Déanaí:

Presentations/ Cur i láthair:
2018, Literacy Association of Ireland, Dublin. Supporting a Range of Ability:The Special Educational Needs Pathways.
2018, ATEE Annual conference, Sweden. Inclusion what works in practice? Empowering Inclusive Teachers for Today and Tomorrow, Poster Presentation (with Anne Ryan).
2018, Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education, Dublin. Supporting Inclusive Practice: The Special Educational Needs Pathways.
2018, Language Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts Conference, Dublin.  Ireland's new Primary Language Curriculum.
2017, EITTT Erasmus Presentation, Dublin.  Policy and Practice in Special Educational Needs in Ireland.
2016, NCCA Seminar for new Primary Development Groups, Dublin. Curriculum at Primary- Key features and structure.
2016, European Conference for Language Learning, Brighton, UK.  Ireland’s new Primary Language Curriculum.
2016, NCCA, Session for Colleges of Education and Special Education Departments, Dublin. Priority Learning Unit for Communication, Language and Literacy.
2016, NCCA, Seminar for Initial Teacher Education Colleges, Dublin. The Primary Language Curriculum/ Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile.
2015, An Chéad Chomhdháil Taighde Uile-Oileánda ar an Tumoideachas: Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál, Luimneach. Foghlaimeoirí Dátheangacha Óga a Chuimsiú sa Phróiseas Measúnaithe.
2014, Buzzing with Books Children’s Literature Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Social Stories: Creating social stories for children with Behavioural difficulties. 

Invited Presentations/ Cuireadh don cur i láthair:
2016, Department of Education and the Visiting Teacher’s Support Service, Athlone. The Primary Language Curriculum and Special Education.
2016 and 2015, Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate, Dublin. The Primary Language Curriculum agus Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile.
2015, Special Education Support Services (SESS), Athlone. The Primary Language Curriculum and Special Education.
2015, Comhdháil Gaelscoilenna, Áth Luain. Curaclam nua comhtháite Teanga.
2015, PDST, Athlone. The Primary Language Curriculum: rationale, theory, structure and content.
2015, 39th Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland, Dublin. The new Primary Language Curriculum.
2015, NCCA Junior Cycle Level 1 consultation event, Dublin. Progression Continua as a model for inclusion for SEN.
2014, 38th Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland, Marino, Dublin. The Primary Language Curriculum: consultation findings (with S.Fitzpatrick and Y.Uí Fhlaithmhín).

Biography/ Beathaisnéis:
Deirdre Murphy (Ní Mhurchú) is a lecturer in the Inclusive Education Department of Marino Institute of Education. Deirdre has long standing experience as a primary teacher, having taught nationally and internationally in Mainstream, Special Education and Vice-Principal roles, she has taught in both English and Irish-medium school settings.

Deirdre is an experienced policy maker for Language and Special Educational Needs. Prior to joining Marino Deirdre worked for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Deirdre led the work on the model and expectations for learners for a new Primary School Curriculum (2016), she created the form and content of the progression continua to support inclusion. She managed the work for both English and Irish-medium school settings for Infants to Second Class.

Deirdre was responsible for leading National policy developments for Special Educational Needs Primary (NCCA). This work resulted in the Special Educational Needs Pathways, earlier milestones and planning supports for a new Primary Curriculum, together these enabled children with more complex needs to access the new model of Primary Curricula for infants to second. Deirdre worked on Junior Cycle Level 1 programmes, designing the model of Level 1 and the communication and language programme for young people with special educational and complex needs.

Deirdre is currently undertaking her PhD on the area of appropriate assessment of Bilingual children attending Irish-medium schools, with a focus on the early identification of learning difficulties for this cohort in order to support appropriate early intervention.