Section 1 Principles

St. Aidan's Community College Special Educational Needs Policy

Section 1. Principles
Saint Aidan's Community College is a co-educational, mainstream, post-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 parties on the provision of support for students with special needs within the school.
The rationale for this policy is to ensure compliance with the Education Act (1998), the Education Welfare Act (2000), the Equal Status Act (2000), the Education of Persons with Special Educational Needs Act (2004), and all relevant Disability legislation.
The policy is informed by best practice as outlined in all current and relevant department circulars and guidelines, including the Guidelines for Inclusion of Students with Special Educational Needs: Post Primary and the Guidelines on the IEP Process.
This policy is reflective of the school’s stated mission and aims, and is intended to:

  • Make manifest the spirit and ethos of the school’s mission, by which all students are to cherish their ideals and develop their talents, and where each child is valued and nurtured to be the best that they can be.
  • Give practical effect to the constitutional and legislated rights of children as they relate to education
  • Affirm the equal right to avail of, and benefit from, education of children with special educational needs.
  • Ensure that students with special educational needs are identified and provided for in a fair and equitable manner so that their learning potential and their sense of self-worth and dignity is developed and respected.
  • Ensure that students with special educational needs are offered a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum
  • Ensure that special educational needs are not viewed in isolation, but in the context of the whole school and community.
  • Provide, as far as is practicable and having regard to the resources available, a level and quality of education appropriate to the needs and abilities of all students in the school.
  • Provide for the involvement of parents in the education of their children and in the decision making process in relation to their children, and to encourage and foster positive partnerships with parents.
  • Co-operate and work closely with the National Council for Special Educational Needs (NCSE) and other agencies with regard to the education of students with special educational needs and to co-ordinate the advice, guidance and support of other agencies in supporting students.
  • Set high standards for students, provide them with appropriate guidance and encourage them to achieve to their full potential.
  • Ensure that staff is aware of the special educational needs of students and of the contribution all staff make in this area, while developing staff expertise in supporting students and monitoring and evaluate the effectiveness of practice.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources.

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