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In St. Michael’s House SNS, we are very fortunate to have a very actve Parents' Association. As a parent of a child in Raheny School, you are automatically deemed a member of the Parents' Association. Parents are encouraged to come to meetings, join in achieves and to bring in lots of new ideas. The PA runs many events throughout the year, which help to raise valuable funds for our school. As our catchment area is so vast, the PA can be an meeting parents who can advise and support each other. The focus is on FUN, so if you can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to join in.
|Secretary||Anne Marie Sherlock|
|Committee Members||Orla O'Loughlin|
|Anita & Ken Dolan|
|Marie Ni Chinneide|
The PA meets every 8 weeks and the Annual General Meeting is held in September /October each year. All are welcome to these meetings.
If you wish to be added to the mailing list for Minutes of the PA Meetings, updates about events, or have any other queries, the Parents' Association can be contacted via email at email@example.com
The Raheny school’s Parents' Association is affiliated to the National Parents' Council
The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, practices and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’ (DES) Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools and Child First Guidance, 2011, the Board of Management of St. Michael’s House Special National School (SMH SNS), Raheny, has agreed the following child protection policy:
The school will:
This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 24th April, 2014
Chairperson of Board of Management
While every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of children, we realise that accidents will happen. Accidents will be noted in our Incident book and will be addressed as part of Health and Safety Guidelines and Parent School Communicaion Policy. Parents will be informed of all accidents pertaining to their child. Where a significent injury is sustained and a child has to be taked to the doctor or hospital, the SMH online accident form will also be completed.
Our school attendance will be monitored as per our attendance policy. With regards to child protection we will pay particular attention to trends in non-attendance. We will also monitor nonattendance in correlation with signs of neglect/physical/emotional abuse.
Bullying behaviour will be addressed under our Anti-Bullying policy. If the behaviour involved is of a sexualised nature or regarded as being particularly abusive then the matter will be referred to the DLP who will record it and respond to it appropriately.
Bullying behaviour will be addressed under our Anti-Bullying policy. If the behaviour involved is of a sexualised nature or regarded as being particularly abusive then the matter will be referred to the DLP who will record it and respond to it appropriately.
Members of the school staff will not carry children alone in their cars at any time.
Every effort will be made to enhance pupil-teacher communication. If pupils have concerns they will be attended to sympathetically. The SPHE / Oral Language curriculum allow for open pupil-teacher communication, which is hoped will aid the pupil-teacher relationship. If staff have to communicate with pupils on a one-to-one basis they will inform another member of staff that they are doing so.
Pupils who participate in horse riding are brought to their lesson on the school bus accompanied by a teacher and/or Special Needs Assistants (if two buses are required). Staff and Riding for the Disabled (RDA) volunteers assist with the preparation of the group ensuring the pupils are wearing the correct clothing and safety equipment and helmets. All volunteers are Garda vetted by RDA. Only pupils who furnish the school with completed RDA consent forms signed by both parents and their G.P. can participate in this activity.
The DLP will be responsible for informing all new teachers and ancillary staff of the DES Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2011, Department of Health and Children - Children First, National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011 and St. Michael’s House: Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Children and Adults from Abuse and Neglect. All new teachers will follow the Social Personal Health Education curriculum as outlined by the DES. New teachers will be informed of record keeping procedures within the school.
All parents and children will be made aware of attendance rules and their implications as laid down in the Education Welfare Act (2000). All parents will be informed of the programmes in place in the school that deal with personal development e.g. RSE, Walk Tall, Stay Safe and SPHE. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the class teacher/principal if they wish to discuss their child’s progress. All new parents are given a copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour, Child Protection Policy, Intimate Care Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy.
Teachers will keep each child’s file updated with pupils work records, reports, dates and details of meetings, notes from parents and any meetings with clinicians. Sensitive information regarding children will be shared on a need-to-know basis. All educational files of pupils who no longer attend this school are kept securely in the office store. All records of pupils currently attending SMH SNS, Raheny are kept securely in the filing cabinet in the secretary’s office and the Principal’s office.
The school’s supervision rota will be followed by all staff to ensure that there is comprehensive supervision of children at all breaks and immediately before and after school. The Principal/ Deputy Principal will be involved with supervision at arrival time and dismissal time. A further rota will be displayed to cover morning and lunchtime breaks.
Children will be brought by bus to the swimming pool. Staff will assist with supervision and changing in the changing rooms in order to ensure the safety of all. All adults will act in ‘loco parentis’ and as such will act as prudent parents in helping children to return to school fully dressed and as dry as possible. Normally there will be 3 school staff for each class. Volunteers will assist in the pool, under the direction of the swimming teacher.
Training for school staff is delivered by the DES through information seminars for D.L.P. and D.D.L.P. arranged from time to time through the Education Centres. In-school training is delivered by C.A.P.P. – Child Abuse Protection Programme. This training covers both the content and procedures in relation to the DES Guidelines and the delivery of the Stay Safe Programme for schools. SMH SNS, Raheny has availed of both and will periodically request in-school training as needed or as recommended by the DES.
Teachers will ensure that children are visible in the school play ground at all times. Children will not be allowed to spend time in classrooms, school or toilets where they would not be under adult supervision. Pupils are not to leave the school play ground or to engage with adults who are outside of the school play ground unless they are accompanied by a staff member.
Visitors/ clinicians must be let into the school by the secretary using a buzzer system. General queries will be dealt with at the hatch in the secretary’s office. Entry into the school building will be on a needs basis.
Every effort will be made to make sure that all volunteers are suitable to work with children. In keeping with DES guidelines, all volunteers, including parents, who aid and assist with school activities will undergo Garda vetting and be required to complete letters of undertaking and statutory declaration. The Principal or Chairperson of the Board of Management will contact the previous employer or college, and all references will be followed up. No person will be employed if, at the recruitment stage, there is any doubt or suspicion that the person is unsuitable to work with children.
All new staff will be Garda Vetted as per DES guidelines and be required to complete letters of undertaking and statutory declaration. The Principal or Chairperson of the Board of Management will contact the previous employer or college, and all references will be followed up.
This Admission Policy complies with the requirements of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Equal Status Act 2000. In drafting this policy, the board of management of the school has consulted with school staff, the school patron and with parents of children attending the school.
The policy was approved by the school patron on 9th June 2020. It is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy, on request, to any person who requests it.
The relevant dates and timelines for St. Michael’s House Special National School (SMH SNS), Raheny admission process are set out in the school’s annual admission notice which is published annually on the school’s website at least one week before the commencement of the admission process for the school year concerned.
This policy must be read in conjunction with the annual admission notice for the school year concerned.
The application form for admission is published on the school’s website and will be made available in hardcopy on request to any person who requests it.
2. CHARISTERISTIC SPIRIT AND GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL
St. Michael’s House School, Raheny is a special school under the Patronage of St. Michael’s House. The school supports the principles of:
The school is managed by the Board of Management (BOM) representative of the Patron, Parents/ Guardians, School staff and the community.
SMH SNS will not discriminate in its admission of a student to the school on any of the following:
As per section 61 (3) of the Education Act 1998, ‘civil status ground’, ‘disability ground’, ‘discriminate’, ‘family status ground’, ‘gender ground’, ‘ground of race’, ‘religion ground’, ‘sexual orientation ground’ and ‘Traveller community ground’ shall be construed in accordance with section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000.
SMH SNS, Raheny is a school which, with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, provides an education exclusively for students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister, i.e. a moderate general learning disability, and does not discriminate in relation to the admission of a student who does not have the category of needs specified.
SMH SNS, Raheny with the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills, provides an education exclusively for students whose primary assessed disability is Moderate General Learning Disability (GLD).
The school is coeducational catering for students aged 4 to 18 years. The BOM is bound by the DES rules which provide that students may only be admitted from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years, and as per DES regulations, students leave school at the end of the school year in which they turn 18. To facilitate this age band, the range of classes extend from primary to post primary and are based on relevant and appropriate peer groupings. There is capacity for 8 classes in the school. There are currently 4 primary and 4 post primary classes.CATCHMENT AREA
The catchment area for this school is north of Collin’s Avenue, Donnycarney, Dublin 9; east of Swords Road, following onto the R132; south of R106, Swords, Co. Dublin; stretching to the east coastline. See attached map.GOVERNANCE
The school operates within the regulations as outlined in the Rules for National Schools and the relevant circulars and directives issued by the Department of Education and Skills (DES). It is funded by grants from the DES. The school is under the administration of the Primary / Special Education Sections of the Department of Education & Skills. Teachers, Special Needs Assistants, Ancillary Staff and Bus Escorts are funded by the DES. Additional staffing allocations are determined by the National Council for Special Education.SCHOOL ETHOS
SMH SNS is a co-educational school for students with a moderate learning disability where the students are treated with dignity and respect and are enabled to participate, to the best of their ability, in an educational programme tailored to their individual needs to help support them to live a full and independent life within their families and their communities.
SMH SNS is multi-denominational and welcomes students of all religions and none. There is no religious instruction provided. A values-based programme is integrated into the life and ethos of the school and seeks to promote respect, love, tolerance and caring for one another and our environment.CURRICULUM
Our school is a stimulating centre of education where each person is cherished as an individual whose ability, potential and needs are recognised and nurtured. The curricular programmes provided by the school are adapted to meet the particular educational needs of each student and a variety of methodologies and strategies are adopted to maximise the students’ learning potential. The teachers, staff and multi-disciplinary team provide a challenging, sensitive and caring environment which fosters personal, social, academic development, independence and achievement. All students have an Individual Education Plan designed specifically for them.
St. Michael’s House Special School, Raheny delivers the state curriculum under the Guidelines for students with Moderate General Learning Disabilities and where applicable, programmes that lead to ASDAN and/ or Junior Cycle Level 1 and Level 2 Awards.CLASSROOM CAPACITY
Classroom capacity varies according to the range of needs of the children we are catering for at a particular time. As a result, class groups may vary in size depending on the number of students within a class presenting with additional needs.SCHOOL YEAR
The school operates a school calendar for primary schools which is effective from the week of 1st September to the week of 30th June with traditional openings and closing at Summer, Christmas, Easter and Mid-terms as laid down and directed in Circulars issued by the DES regarding Standardisation of the School Year.SCHOOL MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM - SCHOOL AGE TEAM (SAT)
In addition to fulfilling the formal role of School Patron, as required by the DES, St. Michael’s House, as part of PDS (Progressing Disability Services) provides clinical support to the school in the form of a multi-disciplinary team which combines the expertise from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pediatrician and dietician. Access to the SAT is on a referral basis. Referrals are then prioritized by SAT and there can be a waiting list. New applicants may be discussed with the MDT team as part of the admissions process.
Teaching and school staff collaborate with clinicians as appropriate to enhance the educational potential for students and where required to devise guidelines and programmes to maximise the student’s educational and social functioning.
Please note successful applicants may not have automatic access to additional supports such as Special Needs Assistants (SNAs), bus escorts, clinical support or nursing staff. If a school place is offered, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is the agency that processes applications for SNAs and bus escorts. The NCSE requires that a student’s need for access to such additional resources must be clearly outlined in the relevant professional reports. Decisions relating to clinical support will be made by the clinical team.
This school shall admit each student seeking admission except where –
Note: The Code of Behaviour includes the Positive Behaviour Support & Use of Restrictive Practice Policy and a copy will be provided to parents.
SMH SNS provides an education exclusively for students whose primary assessed disability is Moderate General Learning Disability (GLD) and may refuse admission to a student, where the student does not have the specified category of special educational needs provided for by this school.
An application will be valid when the documents listed below (see 1-4) have been received by the school by the final date for receipt of applications as published in the Annual Admissions notice.
** Used in case of oversubscription only
Note: The school does not facilitate visits prior to the closing date of applications. However, an appointment will be made with parents/guardians whose children are being offered a place to view the school and to collect all documentation relating to the admissions process.
In the event that the school is oversubscribed or exceeds the number of vacancies in an age/needs appropriate class within the school, the school will, when deciding on applications for admission, apply the following selection criteria in the order listed below to those applications that are received within the timeline for receipt of applications as set out in the school’s annual admission notice:
In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:
Priority will be given to applicants in order of age, prioritizing the youngest child, for each class age group, within the school.
In the event that more than one student shares a date of birth, catchment will be used as the deciding criterion, with the child living closest to the school and therefore, availing of a shorter journey to and from school, as the determined by Google Maps, will be offered the school place.
In accordance with section 62(7)(e) of the Education Act, the school will not consider or take into account any of the following in deciding on applications for admission or when placing a student on a waiting list for admission to the school:
The special educational needs of the student will be taken into account to ascertain that they have the assessed disability catered for in this school.
This is subject to the application being received at any time during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual admission notice of the school for the school year concerned.This is also subject to the school making offers based on existing waiting lists (up until 31st January 2025 only).
All decisions on applications for admission to SMH SNS, Raheny will be based on the following:
Selection criteria that are not included in our school admission policy will not be used to make a decision on an application for a place in our school.
Applicants will be informed in writing as to the decision of the school, within the timeline outlined in the annual admissions notice.
If a student is not offered a place in our school, the reasons why they were not offered a place will be communicated in writing to the applicant, including, where applicable, details of the student’s ranking against the selection criteria and details of the student’s place on the waiting list for the school year concerned.
Applicants will be informed of the right to seek a review/right of appeal of the school’s decision (see section 18 below for further details).
In accepting an offer of admission from SMH SNS, you must indicate—
An offer of admission may not be made or may be withdrawn by SMH SNS, Raheny where—
Applicants should be aware that section 66(6) of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 allows for the sharing of certain information between schools in order to facilitate the efficient admission of students.
Section 66(6) allows a school to provide a patron or another Board of Management with a list of the students in relation to whom—
The list may include any or all of the following:
In the event of there being more applications to the school year concerned than places available, waiting lists of students whose applications for admission to SMH SNS, Raheny were unsuccessful due to the school being oversubscribed will be compiled and will remain valid for the school year in which admission is being sought. The waiting lists will be organised in accordance with the available spaces in an age/ needs appropriate class.
Placement on the waiting list of SMH SNS, Raheny is in the order of priority assigned to the students’ applications after the school has applied the selection criteria in accordance with this admission policy.
Offers of any subsequent places that become available for and during the school year in relation to which admission is being sought will be made to those students on the waiting list, in accordance with the order of priority in relation to which the students have been placed on the list.
All applications for admission received after the closing date as outlined in the annual admission notice will be considered and decided upon in accordance with our school’s admissions policy, the Education Admissions to School Act 2018 and any regulations made under that Act.
The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school to classes or years other than the school’s intake group are as follows:
Places will be offered to students where vacancies arise in age &/ needs appropriate classes throughout the school, priority given to youngest child, as per section 6.
The procedures of the school in relation to the admission of students who are not already admitted to the school, after the commencement of the school year in which admission is sought, are as follows:
Where a vacancy exists or becomes available in an age &/ needs appropriate class, the next suitable applicant on the waiting list will be offered the place.
The board of SMH SNS, Raheny or any persons acting on its behalf will not charge fees for or seek payment or contributions (howsoever described) as a condition of-
There is no religious instruction programme in SMH SNS, Raheny.
Review of decisions by the Board of Management
The parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may request the board to review a decision to refuse admission. Such requests must be made in accordance with Section 29C of the Education Act 1998.
The timeline within which such a review must be requested and the other requirements applicable to such reviews are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.
The board will conduct such reviews in accordance with the requirements of the procedures determined under Section 29B and with section 29C of the Education Act 1998.
Note: Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review in writing of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
Please refer to DES Circular 0069/2020, New Arrangements and Procedures for Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 Effective from 12 November 2020 Onwards’ for DES procedures and timeframe on Section 29 Appeals.Right of appeal
Under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, the parent of the student, or in the case of a student who has reached the age of 18 years, the student, may appeal a decision of this school to refuse admission.
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(i) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due to the school being oversubscribed.
An appeal may be made under Section 29 (1)(c)(ii) of the Education Act 1998 where the refusal to admit was due a reason other than the school being oversubscribed.
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to the school being oversubscribed, the applicant must request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)
Where an applicant has been refused admission due to a reason other than the school being oversubscribed, the applicant may request a review of that decision by the board of management prior to making an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998. (see Review of decisions by the Board of Management)
Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 will be considered and determined by an independent appeals committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.
The timeline within which such an appeal must be made and the other requirements applicable to such appeals are set out in the procedures determined by the Minister under section 29B of the Education Act 1998 which are published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on 18th June 2020.
John Lawless, Chairperson, Board of Managemnet
A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2021 – 2022 school year is available as follows: – To download at: www.smhraheny.net
On request: By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to: St. Michael’s House Special National School, Raheny Road, Raheny, Dublin 5.
Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2021 – 2022 school year
The following are the dates applicable for admission to this school:
|The school will commence accepting applications for admission on||9th November 2020|
|The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on||22nd January 2021|
|The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is||12th February 2021|
|The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is||From date of offer to 26th February 2021|
Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.
Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period above may result in the offer being withdrawn
|The number of places being made available in junior school is||2** (4-6 year old’s only)|
|The number of places being made available in senior school is||0|
**subject to change, depending on category of disability of child being offered a place.
Information regarding the admission process for the Intake Group for the 2020 - 2021 school year
In respect of the 2020 - 2021 school year, the total number of applications for admission received by the school was 27.
|Number of places available:||2|
|Number of applications received:||27|
|Number of Offers made and accepted under each criteria:||
|Total number of offers made||2|
|Number of names placed on waiting list for the school year concerned.||9|
Information on this form was correct at time of publication.
The Board of Management has a commitment to ensure that the school is as safe as is reasonably practicable. The safety statement outlines the health and safety management system that the school has in place.
The Board of Management brings to the attention of its staff the following arrangements for safeguarding the safety, health and welfare of those employed, working and/or visiting the school.
This policy requires the co-operation of all employees. It shall be reviewed annually or more frequently if necessary, in the light of experience, changes in legal requirements and operational changes. St. Michael’s House health and safety department shall carry out a safety audit annually and a report made to the Board of Management nominee (the Principal) for health and safety. All records of accidents and ill-health will be monitored in order to ensure that any safety measures required can be put in place to minimise the recurrence of such accidents and ill-health.
The Board of Management is committed to:
This safety statement has been prepared following consultation with employees, both staff and management.
This safety statement outlines the health and safety policy of St. Michael’s House Special National School, Raheny and in doing so aims to fulfill the requirements of all relevant legislation, in particular the:
The Board of Management under the patronage of St. Michael’s House runs Raheny school. As such Raheny SNS will adopt and follow SMH policies and procedures as appropriate and where requirements are not set out by the Department of Education and Skills.
Raheny SNS is a school that provides a service to pupils with Moderate and Multiple General Learning Disabilities. Both ambulant and non-ambulant pupils would require some form of assistance when leaving the building.
The school is located on Raheny Road and is a two storey building. The junior classrooms, canteen, hall and staffrom are located on the ground floor and the senior classrooms, multisensory room, soft play room, library, home economics room, assisted bathroom, medical room, meeting rooms are located on the first floor.
The school staff consists of:
Clinicians visit the school at varying times during the week.
St. Michael’s House health and safety department provide advice and support to the school in relation to health and safety matters. Additional health and safety resources that are required are requested through the Board of management.
In accordance with Section 25 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Raheny School recognises the right of all employees to elect a Safety Representative and also recognises the duties and rights attached with such a position.
The role and statutory rights of the Safety Representative are summarised as follows:
Other school users, e.g. pupils and visitors should comply with school regulations and instructions relating to safety and health.
The St. Michael’s House technical services department organises and manages any building related works.
Contractors must comply with statutory obligations as designated under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 and any other relevant legislation such as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006.
Raheny School is committed to identify hazards and to make suitable provisions for the elimination or reductions of those found to be present. To this end, it shall secure the assistance of competent external safety advice in conjunction with its internal resources to fulfill this role on an annual basis or as required as deemed necessary. These hazards shall be identified in a systematic manner through the use of a safe system audit. This will involve inspection of the school, examinations of the work place, equipment, procedures and records to date.
Our staff and visitors who may detect a hazard or hazardous operation are requested / obligated to report such without delay to the Principal. The hazards listed below are the main risks to staff while working in Raheny SNS. These include:
Raheny School provides suitable welfare facilities in accordance with applicable statutory provisions. We recognise that this provision is an essential element in securing safety, health and welfare for all.
To include water flush toilets with washing facility which is subject to daily cleaning.
There is a staffroom available for staff, which includes facilities to make tea/coffee and heat/prepare their own lunches. Staff must co-operate in maintaining a high standard of hygiene in this area. All hot drinks are required to have a lid if taken from the staffroom.
Of suitable drinking quality as provided by council services.
Employees must not come to work whilst under the influece of intoxicants or whie taking medication that may affect their ability to carry out duties safely.
Comfortable, respectable clothes and footware must be worn. Jewellery must be kept to a minimum, e.g. no dangly earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.
On discovery of Fire
State clearly that it is a St.Michael’s House School providing a service to people with learning disabilities, and wait for the fire brigade to repeat the address correctly before ringing off.
Do not replace the receiver until the address has been repeated by the fire brigade.
If Mary Downes is absent, Grace Winston will ensure the pupils are out of the classroom and will then take on the duties of the Principal. If Deirdre Bradshaw is absent, Susan Mooney will take over her duties.
Fire Safety Equipment
The school is also aware of its duties under the Fire Services Act of 1981, in the provision and maintenance of the following: -
Fire fighting equipment is located around the school and the locations can be seen on the emergency evacuation maps.
Notification to the HSA must be given. This is completed on line through the HSA website by the SMH Admin Manager in the North East region.
Raheny School will endeavour to provide instruction, information and training for each employee in relation to their safety, health and welfare. It is our wish to have a workforce and pupils that are proactive and aware of health and safety. We will provide adequate finances to obtain this objective.
There are a number of training requirements that have been identified for staff that are working in Raheny SNS. They are as follows:
Mandatory Health and safety training and training that is run by SMH is provided and organized through the SMH Staff Training and Development department.
The principal or nominated person monitors the training needs for the staff in the school. The SMH Staff Training and Development department can be contacted to obtain this information when requested. This person contacts the Staff Training and Development department to organize any training/refresher that is required. Any other training deemed necessary is organized and provided by Raheny SNS.
The safety statement will be brought to the attention of all staff upon commencement of employment as per Section 20(3) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. All staff are required to read and sign off as having read the safety statement. The safety statement will be reviewed on an annual basis. Changes will be made as and when necessary to reflect changes within legislation, work processes or introduction of work equipment that affects the contents of the safety statement. Any changes will be communicated to the staff team as required.
Raheny School recognises that employee involvement in health and safety is an integral part of the operations of the school, and sees health and safety as being of value within these operations. Thus the Board of management encourages employees to elect from their ranks a Safety Representative.
The Safety Representative will consult with the Principal and the Board of management through procedures on any relevant health and safety issue. The Board will at all times consider and act, if appropriate, on any issue brought to their attention by the Safety Representative. The Board of Management will provide any necessary training and information to the Safety Representative in accordance to Section 25 Part 4 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, to enable the Safety Representative to fulfill his/her duty.
The Board of Management will measure, monitor and evaluate its safety and health management system to make sure it is robust. This will be measured against agreed standards such as:
An annual health and safety audit will take place of the building and its activities. This will be completed by the health and safety department of SMH. The Board of Management is provided with a comprehensive report on its findings and recommendations for any corrective actions that are required.
Every two months the Deputy Principal and Staff Representative will complete a health and safety checklist of the building. This is to highlight any environmental or system issue that will need to be addressed. Reports are then submitted to the Principal. On a quarterly basis these checklists are discussed with the Chairperson of the Board to review on-going health and safety issues for the school. Every classroom team will complete a health and safety checklist of their classroom every two months. This is to highlight any environmental issue that will need to be addressed.
Results from audits will be combined with information from on going measuring of performance to improve the school’s overall approach to safety and health management.
If employees disagree with the Safety Statement, every effort will be made to ensure that they fully understand the relevance and importance of the Safety Statement. If an employee continues to not comply with the Safety Statement, this will be discussed with the School Principal and if noncompliance persists, the Principal will refer to the DES Grievance Procedures.
This statement shoud be read in conjunction with the schools Code of Behaviour, Anti Bullying Policy and the school's Enrolment Policy.
This statement was ratified by the Board of Management on 18th February 2015 and will be reviewed annually. This policy will be made available to parents/ guardians of children in the school.
This policy was drawn up by the teaching and S.N.A. staff and discussed by the wider school community including Parents, Pupils, Escorts, Clinicians, Board of Management and the Patron.
It was necessary to review the existing code of behaviour (2003) to ensure the school policy is in compliance with legal requirements and good practice as set out in the” Developing Code of Behaviour Guidelines for Schools “ (NEWB 2008. )
This policy has been drawn up in keeping with the school’s mission statement, goals and values which are to create a happy, stimulating and welcoming atmosphere for all our pupils where we aim to:
Communication with parents / guardians / respite is an important element in maintaining a positive approach in dealing with our pupils. Co-operation and Communication with parents / guardians / respite is seen as an important factor in encouraging positive behaviour. The following methods of communication are used at all levels within the school:
All children are required to comply with the Code of Behaviour. The school recognises that specialised behaviour plans may have to be put in place in consultation with parents and the class teacher, to assist pupils with behaviour. If necessary members of the clinic support team, and or the Principal may need to assist pupils where necessary. All will work closely to ensure that optimal support is given. Professional advice from the psychologist in the form of written management guidelines and the intervention of psychiatrist may be invaluable to certain pupils. Parents and teachers should develop a joint strategy to address specific difficulties, in addition to sharing a broader philosophy which can be implemented at home and in school.
This code of behaviour will address:
In reviewing and devising this code of behaviour, consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of this school. We are a school designated by the D.E.S. as catering for pupils with Moderate General Learning Disability.
Our aims are:
The most effective methodology in attempting to manage behaviour that might challenge is to try to prevent it happening in the first place. All members of the school community are expected to behave in ways that show respect for others. Behaviour will reflect values such as respect, kindness, courtesy, fairness, forgiveness, respectful ways of resolving difficulties and conflict. Standards are also a way of signalling the kinds of behaviours that are not acceptable in school e.g. behaviour that is hurtful, demeaning, behaviour that interferes with teaching and learning, Behaviour that is threatening or causes physical hurt to another person (pupil / staff), Behaviour causing damage to property or theft.
Promoting high standards of behaviour is the central aim of this code of behaviour. Teachers, staff and the wider school community need a range of strategies for promoting good behaviour at class and school level. Pupils are more likely to behave well when they understand why the code is important and their part in making it work. They need to see that the code works in a fair way. The standards of behaviour set high expectations for pupils and the standards are clear, consistent and widely understood. A code of behaviour works well when there are good relationships between teachers, S.N.A.s, pupils, parents, and the wider school community.
A whole school approach will help to create, maintain and foster a positive school climate that will support and promote good behaviour. We hope to do that by:
Positive everyday interactions between teachers , SNAs and pupils, good school and class routines, parents informing the school where situations arise at home that might influence behaviour in school, clear boundaries and rules for pupils, helping pupils themselves to recognise and affirm good behaviour, recognising and giving positive feedback about behaviour, involving pupils in the preparation of the school and classroom rules, foster a respect for themselves, for their peers, adults and for school property, to encourage pupils to participate to the best of their ability.
All of these strategies will be implemented, in the school, in the classroom , on the school bus, in the playground, on school related activities e.g. school tours, swimming, football, horse riding, travel training, class outings etc.
The school rules are being kept to a minimum and are positively stated in terms of what the pupils should do:
Each class teacher will develop and maintain class rules appropriate to the age and needs of the pupils. The teacher and SNA will aid and assist the implementation of the class rules. Class rules should be kept to a minimum. Rules will be applied in a fair and consistent manner and reflect school rules.
We recognise that pupils in our school may need to be taught how to relate cause and effects of behaviour in more tangible ways e.g. through pictures, charts, film or role play. We also recognise that our pupils use a variety of approaches to internalise and learn new skills. Pupils will be encouraged, praised and listened to at all times by adults in the school. Praise is earned by the maintenance of good standards as well as by particularly noteworthy personal achievements. Rates of praise for behaviour should be as high as for work. A high level of co-operation and open communication is seen as an important factor encouraging positive behaviour in the school. Structures and channels designed to maintain a high level of communication among staff and between staff, pupils and parents have been established and are being reviewed regularly. Parents should be encouraged to talk in confidence to teachers about any significant developments in a child’s life, in the past or present, which may affect the child’s behaviour.
The following are some samples of how incentives / praise might be given to pupils;
Interventions that will assist the pupil will be used at the earliest opportunity if behaviour is becoming an issue. These interventions will be recorded and monitored by the class teacher. The result of interventions will be noted. Parents will be advised and be involved in finding a solution to the behaviour that is challenging. The intervention of psychologist or counselling may be sought, where appropriate. Any other interventions such as family support, involvement of Social Worker or any support service that may help in solving the particular behaviour may be called upon.
Intervention in the form of suspension may allow additional or alternative interventions to be made e.g. modification to a classroom, adjustment to a school bus, adjustment in medication etc. Intervention in the form of suspension may help teachers and other staff or pupils affected by the behaviour to recover from severity of the impact of the undesirable behaviour.
Three levels of misbehaviour are recognised: Minor, Serious and Gross.
Minor - Examples of minor misbehavior might include, breaking class rules, ignoring teacher instructions,leaving the classroom without permission, interfering with another pupil’s work, lunch or property, dropping to the ground when asked to move, giving cheek, rude gestures/language, slamming the door etc. Everyday instances of a minor nature will be dealt with by the class teacher, member of the teaching staff, or S.N.A.s under the general direction of a teacher.
Serious - Examples of serious misbehaviour include: Behaviour that is hurtful, offensive, (including bullying, harassment, discrimination and victimisation), name calling, disrespectful remarks about a pupil or his /her family, spitting. Behaviour that seriously interferes with teaching and learning e.g. disrupting class lessons, continuous dropping to cause delay, encouraging others to break the rules, shouting out in class. Threats of or physical hurt to oneself e.g. head bang, scratch, bite or another person e.g. threatening to hit, scratch, pull hair, falsely accusing others of verbal/physical hurt. Damage to property or theft of property
Gross - Examples of gross misbehaviour include: Assault on a staff member or pupil or member of the wider school community, e.g. hitting, throwing objects at a person with intent to harm, serious damage to school property e.g. deliberately breaking school equipment or school furniture. Cases of repeated serious misbehaviour or single instances of gross misbehaviour will be relayed to the Principal. Parents will be involved at an early stage and invited to meet the teacher and/or the Principal to discuss their child’s behaviour. Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a staff member or pupil will be regarded as gross misbehaviour.
The following steps will be taken by member of teaching staff when a pupil behaves inappropriately. The school will use /apply sanctions in accordance with the level of understanding of the pupils.
They are listed below in order of severity
Sanctions should relate as closely as possible to the behaviour. Pupils will not be deprived of engagement in a Curricular Area as a sanction, except on the grounds of health & safety. Detention at break time (with supervision) will be invoked (without prior notice to parents) if used as an effective and immediate consequence to misbehavior. . For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour suspension may be considered and in these instances the ladder of referral will commence at 7 above
Strategies may be developed and implemented to assist the pupil and may include individual timetables, individual behavior management programmes with specific incentive schemes, and development of appropriate management techniques. These measures will be reviewed, monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis for individual pupils.
The Board of Management has the authority to suspend a pupil. This authority has been delegated to the Principal, formally and in writing. The authority delegated to the Principal in respect of suspension has limits and the Principal is accountable to the B. O. M. for his or her use of that authority.
Suspension is defined as: requiring the student to absent himself/herself from the school for a specified, limited period of school days. During the period of a suspension, the pupil retains their place in the school
Immediate suspension: The Principal may consider an immediate suspension to be necessary where the continued presence of the student in the school at the time would represent a serious threat to the safety of students or staff of the school, or any other person.
Informal/ unacknowledged suspension/ voluntary withdrawal: The Principal may consider the exclusion of a student for part of the school day, or ask parents to keep a child from school, or arrange to have the pupil taken home early from school to deal with inappropriate behaviour. Parents may wish to co-operate in a voluntary way with this form of suspension because of the special needs of their child, none the less, any of these requests are in effect a suspension and will be recorded as such.
Open-ended suspension: This refers to a suspension for an indefinite period. This would be considered a” defacto” expulsion. It would be most unusual to invoke this form of suspension
Rolling suspension:A pupil will not be suspended again shortly after they return to school unless they engage in serious/gross misbehaviour that warrants suspension. Fair procedures will be observed and judgement will be the same and applied as for any other student
Before serious sanctions such as suspension or expulsion are used, communication between school and parents will take place. Suspension will be in accordance with the Rules for National Schools and the Education Welfare Act 2000.
The Principal will inform the parent in writing of the decision to suspend. The letter will confirm:
Expulsion may be considered in an extreme case. A pupil is expelled from school when a Board of Management makes a decision to permanently exclude him or her from the school. The B.O.M. has the authority to expel a student. Expulsion of a pupil will only be undertaken in extreme cases of serious willful behaviour. This measure will only be undertaken after every effort has been made to support, help and address the behaviour so as to avoid the expulsion. Before suspending or expelling a pupil, the Board will notify the Local Welfare Education Officer in writing in accordance with Section 24 of the Education Welfare Act. 2000.
The procedural steps will include:
These procedures assume that the Board of Management is the decision-making body in relation to expulsions (NEWB Guidelines p79-87)
The Board of Management will ensure that:
Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, gives parents (and pupils over 18) the right to appeal decisions made by a B.O.M (or a person acting on behalf of the Board) to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science
The following decisions may be appealed
The Appeals procedure is detailed in Circular 22/02. Appeals must be lodged within 42 calendar days from the date the decision has been notified to parents.
There are basically three layers to these procedures:
An internal appeal can be facilitated if a parent writes to the Secretary of the BOM. In response, the Secretary will inform the parent/guardian of the date of the B.O.M meeting and the process that will follow.
Following or during a period of suspension, the parent/s/ guardians may apply to have the pupil reinstated to the school. The Principal must be satisfied that the pupil’s reinstatement will not constitute a risk to the pupil’s own safety or that of the other pupils or staff. The Principal will facilitate the preparation of a behaviour management plan for the pupil if required and will re-admit the pupil formally to his/her class. The parents must commit to full co-operation with the school. A letter of reinstatement will be issued to facilitate the return of the pupil to school.
A suspension may be removed if the Board of Management decides to remove the suspension for any reason or if the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science directs that it be removed following an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
When any sanction, including suspension, is completed a student should be given the opportunity and support for a fresh start. A record of the behaviour and any sanction imposed will be kept but once the sanction has been completed the school will expect the same behaviour of this student as of all other students. .The school will arrange for a member of staff to provide support to the student during the re-integration process.
A standardized system of Record Keeping /Monitoring / Recording Behaviour will be implemented throughout the school. This will enable the school to balance subjective opinion with factual information about what is actually happening. It will use consistent terminology. Regular monitoring will:
A standardised record system will allow the school to track an individual pupil’s behaviour and to check whether efforts to change behaviour are working. All interventions aimed at helping the pupil to deal with unacceptable behaviour will be recorded, including contact with parents or referral to clinicians. Positive responses by a pupil, and evidence of changed behaviour, will also be recorded, as will any sanction used, together with the reason why the sanction was imposed. Parents and pupils should be told when a record is being made about their behaviour, and the reasons for keeping a record.
A written record of behaviour may be kept in relation to a pupil’s behaviour in class, in the playground, on the school bus or when engaging in any other school activity.
Behaviour will be recorded on individual record sheets. Current behaviour record sheets will be kept by the class teacher in a behaviour folder. At the end of each school term they will be stored securely in the pupil’s file in the Principals office. At all times records of behaviour will be treated as confidential. Formal written records will be made available to the N.E.W.B.
The Principal, will examine the information gathered from the monitoring of the code on a regular basis. This information will be relayed to the B O M.
Records will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988 and the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003. (Appendix A).
A pupil’s attendance in school is part of the code of behaviour. The procedures to be followed by parents in relation to a child’s absence are:
The following school policies and documents have been referred to and have a bearing on the code of behaviour: NEWB Guidelines (2008)
The school will be happy to deal with any concerns a parent /guardian, or staff member may have about behaviour or about any aspect of this Code of Behaviour. Members of the school community can do this both formally and informally by contacting the Principal or Chairperson of B.O.M
The school will provide parents with a copy of the Code of Behaviour before registration of their child as a pupil of the school. Parents will be asked to confirm in writing that the code is acceptable to them and they will undertake to make all reasonable efforts to assist their child to comply with its contents. (Section 23 (4) of the Education (Welfare Act 2000). This Reviewed Code will be issued to all existing parents and a similar request will be made.
This policy was reviewed and formulated over a period between 01.05.2009 & 0.0.2010. The resulting Code of Behaviour was ratified by the B.O.M. on 24 March, 2010
Reviewed and ratified without change by the B.O.M. on 29 March, 2011
The eight rules of data protection apply to personal records kept in school:
This was evaluated through teacher questionnaires, audits of resources and assessments and through discussion at staff meetings. There was broad agreement on the issues below.
Areas of Strength: Numeracy
Areas for Development
|Understands that money pays for goods||Grad.-1||J.1-2
|Sorts & matches coins||Rec.-4
|Recognises coins & notes||Rec.-6
|Uses correct vocabulary||Rec.-6
|Calculates simple bills||Rec.-6
|Uses a savings account||J.1-6
Student Voice Survey Interview 4th June 2015
6 students present (Senior 1 to Senior 4 classes)
Do you like money?
All replied yes for the following
What is money for?
Do you save any money?
Time frame for actions
|All Pupils will have an Numeracy IEP target based on money.||Agee a smart money target for each child||Raising of competency with money based /money related skills.||Teacher + Parents||Sept - June|
|Teachers will use CAT for assessment & planning.||CAT template to be accessed from shared folder.||Completion of assessments||D.P.||Sept. 2015 onwards for money skills; Sept 2016 for all of Numeracy curriculum|
|Pupils will get regular money based home work.||Teachers will devise and agree on a homework policy.||Raising of competency with money based /money related skills.||Teachers & parents||November onwards|
|School tuck shop to be held once a week.||Agree & purchase stock & pricing, reflecting levels of ability. Rotate duty around classes.||Conduction of monetary transactions by all pupils.||Teachers||Seniors- Jan 2015, Juniors- Sept 2015.|
|Teachers to get Numicon training||Teachers to access CPD summer course in Numicon.||July 2015 onwards|
Literacy: Oral Language
|2013-14||Pupils will improve their Oral Language performance|
|2014-15||Pupil profile folders to be set up which will include informal assessment targets in Oral language & communication. Reading programme Edmark to begin in Senior school||Permanent teaching staff to complete Numicon training. Basic numeracy resources to be purchased over next number of years. CAT to be used as a planning & assessment tool. Tuck shop to be held on weekly basis. Credit Union banking to run on a weekly basis. IEPs to contain a numeracy target. Money homework to be given weekly. To review School Numeracy Policy.|
|2016-17||Standardised assessment to be administered.||Computing money?|
|2016-17||Debit cards for senior pupils? Class piggybanks?|
This policy was formulated as a result of a consultative approach between the School Principal and School Staff of St. Michael’s House Special National School (SMH SNS) with the intention of providing a clear plan regarding how class staff allocations and pupil placements* are decided. This plan is considered to be essential for the school to meet both individual needs and also to ensure the overall well-being of our pupils and staff.
This policy will also provide parents with information regarding the decision-making process involved in placing their child in a particular class and as it outlines the factors that are taken into consideration when creating class groups in SMH SNS.
*In this policy, ‘class allocation’ refers to assigning staff to classes and ‘class placement’ refers to placing pupils in class groupings.
SMH SNS is committed to providing an individualised education programme for each pupil with the intention of enabling children to reach their full potential. Through a considered approach, the School Principal aims to balance the individual strengths and needs of each pupil with the strengths and needs of each child's class grouping and also with those of the whole school community. The School Principal also aims to allocate staff to classes and place children in class groupings in such a way that enables Teachers and Special Needs Assistants to support children in their learning in the best way possible. Provision is also made, where possible, to provide for the professional development of school staff by supporting a variety of teaching experiences.
This policy ensures that school staff and parents have a clear understanding of how decisions in relation to class placements are reached when the School Principal is considering in which class to place each child. This policy outlines the transparent consultative process conducted by the School Principal with school staff to gain the input of those working directly with each child.Information is sought regarding each child's individual and collective strengths and needs as they are divided into class groupings. The intention of this policy is also to reassure parents that their child's individual needs are taken into consideration by the School Principal during the planning of class placements with the aim of ensuring that all children benefit from a happy school life.
This policy aims to:
The pupil/teacher ratios and staffing allocations of Teachers and Special Needs Assistants made available to the school by the Department of Education and Skills and the National Council for Special Education are considered to be a significant factor when determining class placements for pupils and staff.
The allocation of teaching and assisting duties within the school is a matter for the School Principal. However, it is the policy of the school to, where possible, reach collective agreement and consensus when distributing teaching and assisting duties.
“The School Principal is responsible for the creation, together with the Board, parents of students and the teachers, of a school environment which is supportive of learning among the students and which promotes the professional development of the teachers”. (Education Act – Section 23)
The School Principal facilitates this process in a fair and equitable way by consulting with staff in the following ways:
SMH SNS currently has nine special classes. In the third term of each year, all Teachers and Special Needs Assistants are requested to complete the Consultation Re. Class Preference Form in which they list the classes that they would prefer to be assigned to for the coming year in order of preference.
When allocating classes, it is preferable for collective agreement to be reached with options such as deferring a move for a year being considered and additional professional development undertaken.
In deciding on allocations, the School Principal will allocate classes according to the Consultation Re Class Preference Form completed by school staff. The School Principal will also take other factors into account when making these decisions such as:
Some teachers may have larger classes than colleagues. This normally ‘evens itself out’ over a number of years, so that an equitable workload is achieved.
Class allocation relies heavily on compromise and consensus. If this is not possible to reach, the School Principal will make an informed decision based on suitability, experience (whether a particular teacher has had the class before), special talents, courses taken and what is in the best interests of the children concerned. An interview is not held for the purpose of allocating classes.
Class allocation is usually completed by the end of June. However, in the case of temporary staff who are not CID holders, allocations will be made following appointment.
A great deal of thought goes into placing children in classes each year. The process is also time- consuming, as the School Principal focuses on each child’s needs. Every effort is made to place each child in a learning environment where they will be most successful. This learning environment incorporates several factors.
The School Principal uses the following criteria when compiling classes. This criterion is used to inform decision-making on an individual and collective basis with the aim of ensuring a balance in the overall needs of pupils across classes. This criteria is used in conjunction with the criteria ‘balance of needs’ that is contained in the SMH SNS Admissions Policy.
This policy is intended to inform parents of the placement procedures already in place at SMH SNS. The following section addresses parents’ questions regarding those procedures by providing responses to typical questions posed by parents.
How are children placed in classes?
Each year, the Principal and Deputy Principal meet to look at pupil placement. Teachers will be consulted, particularly if there have been challenges in the class in any given year. This information is then used by the School Principal to inform her decision-making regarding the compilation of class lists.
Parents of existing pupils are informed of their child’s class, teacher’s name, SNAs names and the Christian names of the other children in the class in the form of a social story that can be read to their child throughout the summer, in preparation for the new academic year.
Throughout this process, changes and adjustments are made. Each time a change is made it can cause a chain reaction of other changes.
Due to all of the points mentioned above, the final decision on pupil placements needs to rest with the School Principal. This is necessary, as the School Principal is the only person who is in possession of all of the information regarding every child’s needs and can therefore take an overall view of what is best across all classes.
My child is NEW to SMH SNS. How does the school place a child when they don’t know him/her as well as the other pupils?
Through the admission process, the School Principal is already aware of a significant amount of information in relation to each pupil, i.e. information gained from the professional reports submitted prior to the closing date for admission for the following September.
Further information is gained by the school when new pupils are invited to the school for a transition visit to see the building and meet some of our school staff. The school principal will have the opportunity to observe the child on this visit and parents will be asked if there is any additional information that the school should know to assist in placing the child in their class for the coming year.
When will I know my child’s class placement?
Most parents will know their child’s placement by the end of June. However, where new staff have to be appointed, parents will be informed as soon as is practicably possible.
Can I request a particular Teacher and/or Special Needs Assistant for my child either in writing or in discussion with the School Principal and/or my child’s present Teacher?
You may, if you give the specific reasons, in writing before June. However, parents are requested to please remember that there are no guarantees that all requests can be granted.
Parents should be reassured by the fact that all staff, who know their child and have been working with them on a daily basis, are consulted by the School Principal as part of the decision-making process.The School Principal will always endeavour to match the individual needs of each pupil with the best possible class placement for every child. However, whilst parents may have reasons for their child to be placed in a particular class, they are not privy to the individual needs of the other pupils in SMH SNS and therefore, are not in a position to make the best decision for the overall needs of each class. It is considered to be essential that the needs of all children are considered equally and it is the remit of the School Principal to examine the multiple factors, as per earlier criteria, regarding pupil placements.
Can I request my child’s class is placed with another child in a class? Or, can I request my child NOT be placed with another particular child?
Consideration is given to attachments/friendships that a pupil may have formed during the year and this is part of the placement criteria that the School Principal refers to when compiling class lists. We are very aware of how important it is to foster and support ‘buddies’/friendships among our pupils in every way possible. Equally, if a child has repeated difficulty with another pupil, the School Principal will try to separate non-constructive relationships in as far as is practicably possible.
Do teachers request that certain pupils are placed in their class?
No. Teachers are concerned about their class balance. Teachers want their colleagues to have successful years with their pupils. Additionally, Teachers are expected to be able to meet the needs of a variety of pupils and adapt to changes from year to year.
When I get my child’s class placement, will it be changed?
The vast majority of pupils remain in their assigned class, however, it may be necessary to move children to ensure the safety, well-being and happiness of all pupils is maintained and all pupils have the best opportunity to maximise their opportunities for learning.
Parents are advised that moving a pupil may cause a chain reaction within the class balance and it may be necessary to move other children to ensure that the overall needs of everyone are best met. While we always consider the individual child, parents must realise that their child is part of a complex equation in school placements. So, a degree of flexibility and trust is requested of Parents in relation to changes in pupil placements.
If a parent has concerns about their child’s class placement or that their child is moved class, they may talk to the School Principal about any concerns and be assured that those concerns will be shared with the Teacher so that your child’s anxieties will be addressed. Teachers are expected to have the skills to help our pupils’ transition and subsequently, adjust to their new class and staff and by working together we can try to create the right environment so that all our pupils can be happy in school.
Finally, we want to stress to parents that all information about their child is valued and heard. Teachers want to construct the smoothest transitions possible for their pupils. Parents can also help by being as positive and encouraging as possible to their children during the transition process to a new class, which impacts pupil, parent and teacher a great deal
The Blue, Yellow, Red and Green Rooms are located together on the ‘Junior Corridor’ downstairs. Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter Classes are located together on the Senior Corridor. Graduation Class and the Number 1 Room are located at the far end of the Senior Corridor.
In as far as is practicably possible, classes following similar curriculum will be located together in the school building.
All staff, under the guidance of the School Principal, participates in and contributes to the implementation of an effective and equitable class allocation policy. Grievances are dealt with at school level by the School Principal and will only transfer to the Board if a compromise cannot be reached.
The school evaluates the success of the policy through;
A review will be conducted based on the success criteria outlined, or where consensus and compromise is not achieved.
This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on 6th February 2020. A copy has been given to all staff members and can be accessed in the secretary’s office. Parents can access this policy on the school website