We aim to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem among all our pupils. The whole school, The Board of Management, Parents and Staff are committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive learning environment for all pupils. All pupils who are recognised as having Special Educational Needs are enabled and empowered to:
Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan is a Catholic girl’s secondary school under the trusteeship of the Loreto Trust Board. In the spirit of Mary Ward we aim to develop all the abilities of our students in order that they realise their full potential and use their talents for the service of others. We also aim to encourage self – confidence and self-esteem in a happy atmosphere and structured environment. The school community, collaborating together in mutual respect, strives for holistic excellence.
In 2017, Circular 0014/2017, “Special Education Teaching Allocation” introduced a revised model for allocating Special Educational Needs (SEN) resources to schools. This document and the, “Guidelines for Post Primary Schools Supporting Students with SEN in Mainstream schools”, produced in May 2017, by the Department of Education and Skills (DES), will be the guiding principles that will form the basis for support for students with SEN within Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan.
We acknowledge that there is a spectrum of ability. In line with the New Model for Special Education Teaching Allocation – ‘the highest level of need should have access to the greatest level of support’.
Level 1: Support For All: Whole school and Classroom support – this will focus on preventative and proactive approaches through testing, providing information for students, staff and parents, alongside whole class support.
Level 2: Support For Some: This will focus on providing school support for small groups and some individuals. This may be on a weekly timetabled basis, or short-term intervention.
Level 3: Support For a Few: This will provide individualised and specialist support for a number of students with the greatest level of need, on a regular timetabled basis.
|SEN Co-Ordinators 2018|
|First Year: Shauna Russell|
|Second Year: Mairead Murphy|
|Third year: Janette McDermott|
|Fourth Year: Cliodna Gillen|
|Fifth Year: Audrey Geraghty|
|Sixth Year: Ciara McGuirk|