Aims of our Additional Educational Needs Department
Templemichael College has an open flexible policy in relation to parents visiting the school as part of the transition process for students with AEN. Parents/Guardians of incoming students with AEN are encouraged and are welcome at any stage to visit the school to discuss and waylay any concerns they may have about the transition of their son/daughter into the post primary setting.
Additional Educational Needs are identified prior to entry as a result of completed enrolment forms with documentation, 6th class Passports, HSCL communications with feeder primary schools and Parents/Guardians. Early identification facilitates a smoother transition and allows supports to be put for the students’ commencement.
The school follows the ‘Continuum of Support’ model when allocating the type and level of support provided and this centres around:
Templemichael College provides three Support Classes which cater for students with additional or special educational needs:
Students who are enrolled in the either of the Support Classes must have the recent report from the relevant professional recommending the placement.
Students in all the Support Classes are assigned to a base class with their mainstream year group and attend this to facilitate subject access, inclusion and social integration just like their mainstream peers.
Within the Support Class setting, they receive individualised programmes of support e.g. follow up curricular support; access to programmes on Lifeskills, Social and Emotional Skills, Level 2 Learning programmes etc. with a Subject or a Learning Support teacher. They also have access to the ICT resources at any time, SNA support and access to the room at lunchtime or anytime they might need it.