Specific Learning Disability Classes

The Reading Classes/Specific Learning Disability classes were established in September 1998 in response to a need to support children with Specific Learning Disability (S.L.D.)/ Dyslexia within our own school community and in the North Fingal and East Meath region.

(per Guidelines for enrolment of Children with Specific Learning Disability – issued June 1998 by Department of Education and Science)

Initially, one S.L.D. class was established with children ranging from 3rd to 6th Class. The following year, a second class was established. There are currently two classroom teachers, with a pupil to teacher ratio of 9:1.

The children attend on a full-time temporary basis for a maximum of two years.

In exceptional circumstances, children may continue for a 3rd year.

The children are integrated with a mainstream class each day during their two years in the S.L.D. class. Integration in mainstream takes place each day in religion and also in other activities such as break times, educational tours, sports coaching, choir and other organised whole-school activities.




1)                  The Board of Management has responsibility for the enrolment of pupils.

2)                  Enrolment procedure shall be in accordance with the "Guidelines for Enrolment of Children with Specific Learning Disability (S.L.D.)" issued in June 1998 by the Department of Education & Science.

Criteria includes:

·         Boys and Girls with a psychological assessment (dated within two years of application) which states that the child’s general intelligence, or IQ, falls within the average range or higher, but who is experiencing significant difficulties in literacy.

·         A recommendation in a psychological assessment for enrolment in a Reading Unit/Specific Learning Disability Class.

·         Pupils must have completed Second Class.

·         Children enrolling must not have evidence of a behaviour difficulty/behaviour problem

·         Pupils who satisfy the criteria are selected for enrolment in accordance with age.

·         The level of disability shall determine precedence.


3)                  The child's school shall provide information on his/her progress, attendance, behaviour, social and personal development, attitude to school and school work, and the parents attitude to school and school work. The report will provide information on the level of competence in language, reading, spelling and mathematics from previous class teachers.

4)                  Pupils are initially enrolled for a probationary period of one month. Enrolment is then extended to one year, with an option of a further year if necessary. The child’s present school must undertake to re-enrol the child at the end of the child’s enrolment in the S.L.D. class, or if the placement is unsuitable.

5)                  The referring psychological report should be less than two years old.

6)                  At all times, evidence of behaviour problems shall be a determining factor in deciding on enrolment.

7)                  All applications must be received by February 28th in the year of enrolment.