Government to confirm when special needs children can return to school

It will not be confirmed until Tuesday whether special needs children can return to school next week.

The Department of Education wrote to principals last night to tell them to prepare for these schools to reopen on Thursday.

It would allow 20,000 children in primary and special schools to go back to class ten days' earlier than planned.

But Andy Pike from Forsa - which represents 12,000 staff involved - says a final agreement hasn't been reached.