Special Education Teaching

St Francis National School has a strong tradition of supporting students with special educational needs.

Together with all staff, the Special Education Teaching (SET) team endeavour to support children with Special Education Needs (SEN) to reach their full potential academically, socially and personally within an inclusive school environment. In keeping with the ethos in our school we aim to provide an inclusive education for all pupils.

Please go to the Policy section of our website for our SEN Policy which gives full details on all aspects of our SEN provision in our school.

How is teaching support delivered?

Specialised instruction and differentiated teaching methods are used by teachers to support student learning. Special focus is given to the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, I.T. and Social Skills.

This targeted, individualised teaching support and intervention is offered in a number of ways:

• Withdrawal to small group Learning Support Classes.
• Withdrawal to a One-to-One Class setting in consultation with student and parent/guardian.
• Team-teaching support is an ‘in-class’ support for students where the teacher supports them within the mainstream setting.

At St Francis National School we use a variety of programmes to support pupils with SEN.

These programmes include:

    • Reading Recovery: please see Reading Recovery page for further details.
    • Social Skills programme
    • Touch Typing
    • SMART Moves: promotes physical skills development, provides a range of activities that can be integrated with ease into both the classroom and home life to help improve co-ordination and concentration levels in children with learning difficulties, in particular Dyspraxia/DCD and sensory issues.
    • Regulation Stations (The Braincalm Program). The Brain Calm Program activities work to help smooth out ’ traffic jams’ in the brain and help to smooth the ‘bridge’ between the left and right sides of the brain.
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