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SAVE OUR TEACHER MADE RESOURCES
0015/2009 Meeting the needs of pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL)
This circular explains about the use of the PSAK for Primary and PPSAK for Post Primary, however, the EAL TEACHER ALLOCATION information is OUTDATED.
0067/2020 (Sept 2020)
Advice on the use of assessment instruments/tests for Guidance or for additional and special
educational needs (SEN) in post-primary schools
6. Irish Exemption
Assessment tools for Post Primary EAL students
Payment of Travel Expenses to GAM/EAL (Learning / Language Support) and Resource Teachers in Recognised Primary Schools
0019-2021/Appendix C (May 2021)
Appendix C - Primary Staffing Circular 2021/22
0013/2020 (Sept 2020)
Staffing arrangements in Voluntary Secondary Schools
for the 2020/21 school year
0019/201 (May 2021)
Staffing arrangements in Primary Schools for the 2021/22 school year
(Tells number of SET/EAL Teachers)
Special Education Teaching Allocation - Primary
7.5 English Additional Language Support (EAL)
7.6 Additional Allocations for Schools with High Concentrations of Pupils that require Language
International Protection (Formerly Direct Provision) Provision for EAL Support for schools with children in International Protetction.
From IPAS website. IPAS is the International Protection Accommodation Service.
About this plan
Where an accommodation centre is being opened, the Department of Education and Skills works closely with the Department of Justice and Equality to plan for school provision for any children resident in the centre.
Asylum seeking children living in accommodation centres are educated within the mainstream education system and can access free primary and post-primary education in the same way as other children in Ireland.
How it works
A Department of Education and Skills (DES) official is seconded to the Department of Justice and Equality to act as a liaison between both Departments and with schools, and the TUSLA Educational Welfare Service (EWS).
The TUSLA Educational Welfare Service (EWS) is responsible for assisting with school enrolment and attendance.
Following the opening of a new accommodation centre, contact is made with local schools and a meeting is held with the centre manager, TUSLA Educational Welfare Service and the Department of Education and Skills to discuss and agree issues relating to the enrolment of the pupils.
Children are then linked with local schools. If there is a high concentration of children of school going age in the one centre, children are linked to a number of schools in the surrounding area.
When the numbers and age ranges of the children from the centre are identified, the Department of Education and Skills will ensure that:
Where the increase in the numbers of students entitles the school to an additional teaching allocation, this will be provided as soon as possible.
Where the enrolment of the children resident in the accommodation centre entitles the school to an additional teaching allocation for English as an Additional Language (EAL), this will be provided as soon as possible.
Where the increased enrolment requires an increase in the school’s special educational needs teacher profile, they will receive, as soon as possible, 5 additional Special Education Teaching hours for every 25 additional pupils who are enrolled, or a proportion of five hours if less than 25.
Additional SNA provision for identified additional care needs.
A DES representative is available to advise schools on specific queries arising, including on the range of supports available to schools and on how to access supports.
In order to ensure additional provision is made to schools without delay, schools who are enrolling children from accommodation centres will be invited by the Department to apply for these supports in advance of those children beginning school.
Following the enrolment of pupils in local schools, contact is made with Bus Éireann, who operate the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.
All residents with children of school going-age are advised of the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.
Adult residents are linked with English language classes run by the local Education and Training Board.
Further engagement with local schools and the local Education and Training Board is facilitated through a number of channels, i.e. by direct contact with the centre manager, the DES secondee to the Department of Justice and Equality or the local Educational Welfare Officer.
Representatives are also invited to attend Friends of the Centre meetings and interagency meetings chaired by the Department of Justice and Equality.
Inclusion Policy (Sample Template)
This is a sample template of an Inclusion Policy)
Transition from Primary to Post Primary for Students from Minority Linguistic and Ethnic Backgrounds
Transition from Primary to Post Primary for Students from
Minority Linguistic and Ethnic Backgrounds
In line with the school’s Transition Policy, there are a few additional supports available for students whose first language is not English or Irish. In addition, there are supports available for students and parents from ethnic minority backgrounds.
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