Additional Learning Needs

The Learning Support Department

The Learning Support Department is an integral part of St. Louis’ Secondary School. The main aim of the Learning Support Department is to cater for students who require additional support in their academic subjects. Classes take place on an individual or small group basis for first to sixth years.  Today learning support is provided by a team of highly skilled and dedicated teachers overseen, by the Learning Support Team which meets on a weekly basis.

Using the most up-to-date standardised ability tests and psychological tests of achievement together with professional reports and information from feeder primary schools, the school works closely with students, parents and subject teachers to ensure that appropriate support is provided to students throughout their years in school. Students are supported through various models including team teaching, small group tuition, one-to-one tuition and the timetabling of alternative subjects for students with Irish and language exemptions.

Appropriate standardised tests are administered to students eligible for Irish Exemptions, students eligible for reasonable accommodation in State Examinations (RACE) and students seeking disability access to third level institutions (DARE).

The school’s Learning Support Co-ordinator works closely with relevant statutory and non-statutory agencies that support students with Special Educational Needs, including the National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS) and the National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

Rang Sorcha

In 2020 the school was delighted to open a Special Class for ASD students. Rang Sorcha affords students the benefits of a Special Class Curriculum, while at the same time providing appropriate supports for them to access many mainstream classes.

Rang Sorcha has brought enormous benefits to the whole school community further enhancing the school’s inclusive ethos in an environment that reflects the wider community.


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