Additional Education Needs
The school currently has access to the services of the National Educational Psychological Service [NEPS] and every effort will be made to make psychological assessment available to pupils where it is considered necessary. As a result of the most recent departmental provision for learning support, this school now has two full time Special Education Teachers and a shared SET [5 hours per week].
If a child experiences learning difficulties in class, the teacher will bring this to the attention of the parents at the earliest possible opportunity. Standardised Tests are administered in all classes on an annual basis. Drumcondra literacy, Irish, numeracy and spelling tests are administered from 1st to 6th class; the Belfield Infant Assessment Profile is used in Junior Infants and the Middle Infant Screening Test in Senior for Infants.
The Non-Reading Intelligence Test [NRIT] is administered to pupils at 2nd, 4th and 6th Class levels. For parents of children attending the school the first time, please notify the school of any special requirements or considerations in relation to your child as early as possible, so that the necessary supports or services may be sourced and put in place.
The National Council for Special Education now has responsibility for the provision of services to children with Special Education Needs. Those needs may be identified by means of an assessment carried out by an educational psychologist, speech therapist or other health-care professional. Application must be madeby the school to the local Special Education Needs Organiser [SENO]. The SENO makes a decision regarding the necessary services and arranges with the School for their provision where a child qualifies for such services.