SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

An Edmund Rice Secondary School welcomes applications from parents/ guardians of students with special educational needs. The school will use the resources (finance and personnel) provided by the Department of Education and Skills to make reasonable provision and accommodation for students with disabilities or special educational needs 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 the rights of parents/guardians to have a school of their choice for their children, the school’s ability to provide for students with particular educational needs is dependent on resources suitable to those needs being supplied by the Department of Education and Skills. Parents/guardians are encouraged to make the Board of Management aware of any special needs as early as possible, as it may take some time for the Department to process applications for the resources needed. Parents are strongly advised to inform the school as early as possible and discuss their particular situation well in advance of making applications.  In order to determine the specific resources, facilities and learning support required, the Board will request a copy of the student’s medical and/or psychological report. Where such a report is not available, the Board will request an immediate assessment. The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational needs of the student relative to their special needs and to profile the support services required.
Following receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school can meet the needs of the student as specified in the report. The school will also request information from the student’s primary school with regard to such matters as learning support and/or resource hours. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to the student commencing to attend the school, request the Department of Education and Skills to provide the resources necessary to meet the needs of the student as outlined in the psychological or medical report.
A representative of the Board will meet with the parents/guardians of the student to discuss the student’s needs and the school’s capacity to meet them. It may be necessary for the Board to postpone the attendance of a student at the school, pending the receipt of an assessment report, and/or the provision of appropriate resources by the Department of Education and Skills to meet the needs specified in the psychological or medical report.
The school commits itself to working closely with the Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) to ensure that students with special needs are given all reasonable assistance, subject to available resources, to achieve their educational potential.

Refusal in exceptional circumstances:

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an applicant admission in exceptional circumstances and taking account of the needs of the school and the students in the school. Parents/Guardians have the right to appeal under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
 Such an exceptional circumstances could arise where either:
  1. The student has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education and Skills, the Board is satisfied that the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the student with an appropriate education
          Or
  1. In the opinion of the Board of Management, the student poses an unacceptable risk to other students, to school staff or to school property.
 

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