Special Educational Needs
In welcoming applications from students with special educational needs, the school will use the resources, both financial and personnel, provided by the Department of Education and Skills, to make reasonable provision and accommodation for all such students and will ensure that these students are free to participate in the life of the school in so far as is reasonably practicable. While recognising and fully supporting parents’ rights to have a school of their choice for their children, the school’s ability to accept students with particular needs is dependent on the supply of resources, suitable to the needs of the individual student, being supplied by the Department of Education and Skills.
School management and parents must cooperate, from the earliest possible time, to establish the special educational needs of the student, the resources required to meet those needs and the submission of a well researched request to the Department of Education and Skills/Special Education Needs Organiser seeking the allocation of appropriate resources. Parents are encouraged to contact the school well in advance of the admissions process should they feel that their son has special education needs as considerable delays have been experienced by schools in receiving a response from the Department of Education and Skills to a request for special resources.
In making provision for special educational need students the following information is required.
Has the student had access to any of the following resources?
- Special needs assistant or classroom assistant
- Special class
- Help, for specific needs, from any resource teacher.
- Assistance with behavioural moderation.
- Help in areas including, visual impairment, hearing impairment, general learning disability or emotional disturban
- Any resource in relation to travel or mobility etc.
If an expert report is provided, it should include a workable strategy for addressing the needs, allowing for the resources available.
The Board of Management, having gathered al relevant information and professional documentation, assesses how the needs of the special needs students can be met
Final confirmation of a place may, in exceptional cases, have to be withheld until the Department of Education and Skills confirms that the necessary resources are to be allocated.