Camolin National School.
Camolin NS is an ‘ordinary’ mainstream primary school, catering for a full cross section of children. The purpose of this SEN policy is to provide practical guidance for teachers, parents and other interested parents on the provision of effective learning support to pupils experiencing low achievement and / or learning difficulties, as well as to fulfil our obligations under the Education Act 1998.
The school currently has the following provisions to cater for children with Special Education Needs:
One Learning Support Teacher (Shared with Ballycanew NS) 20 hrs. + 5 Hrs.
1 Resource Teacher for children with Special Educational Needs No Cluster for 2014–2015 5.95 hrs
2 Special Needs Assistants for 2014 – 2015
It is necessary to devise a SEN Policy at this time
· To cater for the enrolment of pupils with Special educational needs in a
· To comply with legislation and department circulars as existing policy is
in need of review.
· To stream line the provision of special needs support in the school.
· In drafting this policy the staff considered The Education for persons with
Special Educational Needs Act 2004 which defines a special educational
needs a restriction in capacity to participate in and benefit from education due to
an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or learning disability or any condition
which results in a person learning differently from a person without that condition
and cognate words shall be construed accordingly’ and also The learning
support guidelines 2000, where p1 refers to pupils whose achievement is at a
very low level and who are at risk od not reaching adequate levels of proficiency
in Literacy and numeracy before leaving primary school.
This policy covers those children who traditionally attended Learning support and those with exceptional ability.
This policy will be available on our school web site. All school policies will also be disseminated to parents through the medium of the school newsletter and text a parent. Parents will be informed that copies of the SEN policy will be available in the office.
Collaboration and communication.
Meetings will take place as follows:
· Class Teachers and parents- Informal meetings as required. Formal meetings
once a year.
· S.E.T and parents – informal meetings as required and at least 2 formal
meetings a year.
· Principal and parents as requested by parents, class teacher/SET or
· Class teacher and S.E.T. frequent informal meetings as necessary.
· School personnel and psychologist or other professionals – as required
· School Personnel and S.E.N.O – as required
· Supervision implications will be taken into account when arranging
meetings particularly formal meetings. The principal may use administration leave
to facilitate meetings e.g. to have class supervised while the class Teacher is
meeting with S.E.T or when Class Teacher, S.E.T. and parents are meeting.
The cooperation of the Infant Teacher may also be required when arranging
The principal aim of Learning Support is to optimise the teaching and learning process so as to enable pupils with learning difficulties to achieve adequate levels of proficiency in literacy and numeracy before leaving primary school.
By reviewing the policy at this time Camolin NS ideally hopes:
· To enable pupils of all abilities to avail of and benefit from an appropriate education
· To outline our whole school approach to teaching/learning in relation to pupils
with special educational needs
· To set out procedures for the enrolment of children with special needs in the school
· To assist the parents in making an informed decision in relation to the enrolment
of their child in our school
· To outline procedures and practices to be followed in relation to supporting
the learning of pupils with special educational needs
· To establish communication structures for the involvement of all the partners in
the education of pupils with special educational needs (LS Guidelines)
· The school will follow the staged approach and the teacher observation and
reports from other schools, or professionals will be used to decide which level
of support a pupil will receive i.e. stage 1, stage 2 or stage 3.
A full and comprehensive hard copy of the policy above is available from the school office on request free of charge.
Phone: 053 - 938 3455 email@example.com