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SEN Support Network

NCSE supports for schools and parents

For teachers in special schools and special classes that are delivering remote teaching and learning

  • NCSE has a number of dedicated advisors in the area of behaviour, autism and other special educational needs. The NCSE is setting up a phone line where teachers in a special school or special class can speak directly to an advisor. This new phone number is 01 603 3233 (from Monday 11 January).
  • NCSE will be developing a brand new suite of short videos for teachers on how best to support children and young people with special educational needs when they are learning remotely. These will include tips and strategies for engaging learners with online learning as well as more general advice about supporting the well-being of students.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher Service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. This service will continue to be delivered online.
  • Schools can continue to access NCSE online support https://ncse.ie/school-support provided in the form of telephone support, email support, or via video conferencing. Teachers in special classes and special schools can request support specific to their needs or the needs of the children in their school/class. Bespoke training is designed by NCSE Advisors, with input from Behaviour Practitioners, OTs and SLTs as required and will be delivered using appropriate online platforms.
  • Schools who established their first ASD Special Class for 2020/21 were assigned a link advisor during the 4 day training course in September/ October 2020. These advisors remain assigned to these classes and are available to provide support and advice to the special class teacher.
  • NCSE will continue to deliver a range of online seminars for teachers https://ncse.ie/for-schools/connect-teacher-professional-learning-events-catalogue covering a range of topics including supporting children with autism in school, positive behaviour management, assistive technology etc. These courses are designed to increase teachers’ capacity to support and teach students with special educational needs.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If teachers experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.

For teachers of children with special educational needs in mainstream schools that are delivering remote teaching and learning

  • NCSE has created a dedicated phone line for teachers to seek advice with regard to delivering remote teaching and learning to children with special educational needs. Teachers calling this line can access a number of NCSE advisors with expertise in a range of special educational needs. This new phone number is 01 603 3233 (from Monday 11 January).
  • NCSE will be developing a brand new suite of short videos for teachers on how best to support children and young people with special educational needs when they are learning remotely. These will include tips and strategies for engaging learners with online learning as well as more general advice about supporting the well-being of students.
  • Schools will continue to have access to NCSE online support https://ncse.ie/school-support provided in the form of telephone support, email support, or via video conferencing. Teachers in in mainstream schools can request support specific to their needs or the needs of the children in their school/class. Bespoke training is designed by NCSE Advisors, with input from Behaviour Practitioners, OTs and SLTs as required and will be delivered using appropriate online platforms.
  • NCSE will be delivering a range of online seminars for teachers https://ncse.ie/for-schools/connect-teacher-professional-learning-events-catalogue covering a range of topics including supporting children with autism in school, positive behaviour management, assistive technology etc. These courses are designed to increase teachers’ capacity to support and teach students with special educational needs.
  • The NCSE has a whole range of resources https://ncse.ie/teacher-resources covering a wide range of topics, including useful apps to facilitate remote teaching and learning https://ncse.ie/useful-apps and other useful resources that were prepared in response to the last period of remote teaching and learning.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If teachers experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.

For parents of children with special educational needs

  • NCSE have created a dedicated phone line for parents to get advice and support from SENOs. The SENO will provide support and advice to parents and where relevant provide specific resources e.g. behaviour strategies, NEPS well-being resources. If necessary parents can book a subsequent appointment with the SENO assigned to their child’s school. This new phone number is 01 603 3456 (from Monday 11 January).
  • For students who might be moving between schools in September 2021, SENOs will undertake structured engagement with relevant students and their families. This engagement will involve advice and support on transition strategies appropriate to the student, along with support in securing a school placement where required.
  • SENOs will continue to provide a series of webinars for parents of students with special education needs starting primary school in September 2021.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support to parents, students and teachers during this period of remote teaching and learning. Visiting Teachers will undertake structured engagement with the families of students to whom they currently provide support to. This engagement will involve an initial check in with advice on available supports and resources. In particular, the Visiting Teacher will provide support on the use of assistive technology in the home. The Visiting Teacher will agree a programme of regular engagement with the student and family as required and will remain available to respond to emerging queries over the course of remote teaching and learning. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If parents experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.
  • NCSE will also be releasing a brand new suite of short videos for parents. Topics will include managing behaviour; establishing positive routines; building in movement breaks etc.
  • NCSE will also be updating and enhancing its range of resources for parents available at https://ncse.ie/parent-resources many of which were created with specific reference to remote teaching and learning.

 

SEN & SET Community of Practice groups PRIMARY & POST PRIMARY 

 As we continue our Community of Practice for Post Primary SETs this term, our agenda will include;

- One schools experience of using the PPADE Assessment 
- What’s working well for SETs in remote teaching and engagement
 
- Other suggestions for topics to add to the agenda are very welcome, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Date : Tuesday 23rd of February 21 

Time : 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Click Here to book a place 

 

 The initial meeting of PP SET COP established that there is an interest and a need for this type of collegial support and professional learning. Many topics relevant to SET Departments were discussed at our September meeting, with participants sharing and learning from experiences of colleagues in other schools.

 

 
We propose to hold another SET Post-Primary Community of Practice Meeting via Zoom, on Tuesday 10th November from 7-8pm. 
 
We are now inviting topics to be included on the agenda for this meeting. Suggestions previously put forward to discuss at our November meeting were RACE Guidelines and Evidence-Based Interventions and Programmes in use in our schools, along with other possible ideas. 
 
If anyone would like to contribute further ideas or suggest other topics to discuss and add to the agenda, please forward them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Click here to register https://www.ecwexford.ie/cpd-courses/post-primary-courses/1645-meeting-post-primary-set-community-of-practice.html

Community of Practice meeting for Primary SENCOs and SETs
Date : 4th March 2021 

Time:  4- 5pm 

We invite all teachers working in Special Education in primary schools to come together informally, to discuss and share experience, knowledge and resources about our roles in schools. We aim to provide an opportunity to enhance our learning and knowledge and to share experience and resources so that we can support each other. We hope to meet regularly going forward as a Community of Practice and we would love your input so we can book speakers and make this venture as supportive, practical and useful as possible.

 Click here to register  https://www.ecwexford.ie/cpd-courses/primary-courses/1640-meeting-sen-community-of-practice-primary.html

New members always welcome.

 

Community of Practice for Special Class Teachers ( Primary)
 
Teachers in Special classes are often the only one (or two)of their kind in their school.
This means it can be difficult to access peer support from teachers in similar situations.
This group is where we can find that support.
It is a community of teachers, working in special class settings, meeting to discuss all things "Special Class"and to help and advise one another.
We will meet once per half term, usually on the 2nd Monday following our return from the holiday/break
The inaugural meeting will take place on Monday 1st March, followed by meetings on 19th April and Monday 24 May at 7pm
 

County Wexford Education Centre

Location. Suíomh

Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

EIRCODE: Y21 T271

Transportation

Local Buses and ample carparking available

Contact us. Dean Teagmháil

Tel: (053) 92 39100
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