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.
children attend on a full-time temporary basis for a maximum of two
exceptional circumstances, children may continue for a 3rd
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
The Board of Management has
responsibility for the enrolment of pupils.
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
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.
recommendation in a psychological assessment for enrolment in a Reading
Unit/Specific Learning Disability Class.
must have completed Second Class.
enrolling must not have evidence of a behaviour difficulty/behaviour
Pupils who satisfy the criteria are
selected for enrolment in accordance with age.
The level of disability shall determine
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.
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
The referring psychological report
should be less than two years old.
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.