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Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Special Educational Needs

This Department forms part of the Students Support Services together with the Department of Guidance & Counselling and the Pastoral Care Services.

This Department has 3 strands;

  1. Resource

    Strand one deals with students with diagnosed Special Educational Needs, and this category can comprise pupils with a broad spectrum of learning difficulties. Generally speaking students with diagnosed Special Educational Needs are allocated Resource hours and receive tuition in a small group setting or in some cases on a one to one basis. Students with SEN will have an Individual Education Plan drawn up in consultation with parents, teachers and external professionals. They may operate on a reduced timetable depending on their needs. This department is currently working to develop programmes on Life Skills to facilitate the needs of specific students. St. Brigid’s welcomes students with Special Educational Needs.

    Certification
    The school will consult with the Special Education Support Service (SESS) and other agencies on best practice with regard to the provision of certification for those students who are unable to undertake the State Examinations.

    Useful Websites
    Special Education Support Services
    Dyslexia Association of Ireland        
    Irish Autism Action


  2. Learning Support

    Learning Support is the second strand of this Department together with Resource and EAL. In the Learning Support section support is provided to students who may be experiencing serious difficulties in the core areas of English, Irish and Maths but who do not have a diagnosed learning difficulty or allocated hours. Support is allocated by the Department of Education on Skills and students may only be deemed eligible for this level of support by testing within the Resource/Learning Support Department.

  3. English as an Additional language

    The third strand of this Department is the EAL section (English as an Additional Language). Tuition in EAL is provided to students whose native language is not English. This tuition takes place in a small or large group setting. The objective of EAL classes is to equip the students with the language they need to function within the Irish school system. This is done by covering aspects of English grammar, by focusing on subject specific language and by concentrating on the students’ literacy skills in general. Ample opportunities are provided for the development of the students reading ages through the use of a variety of activities such as Word Millionaire and School Book Clubs. Reading ages are tested on an annual basis.

Gifted Students
Useful Websites

Gifted Kids.ie
Special Education Support Services