St. Gerard's Learning Support Programme provides appropriate instruction for students who have diagnosed special educational needs.
- As part of the school application process, parents are expected to provide the school with any relevant information regarding the special educational needs of their children.
- Educational assessment reports should be less than two years old.
- Means of further identification once a student has been accepted by the school include teacher referral for evaluation and/or standardised testing.
- Priority in admission to Learning Support is given to those most in need.
Identified students are given in class support and/or small group instruction on a pullout basis either during non-exam classes or during Irish if the student has an Irish exemption. Instruction is based on individualised plans that are drawn up in consultation with parents and students.
- Each plan identifies the student’s strengths, needs, concerns and goals and describes the steps that will be taken to help the student achieve those goals.
- A multi-sensory approach to instruction is used.
- Resources include computer programmes, websites, films, audio books, supplemental texts and manipulatives.
The Learning Support Coordinator and Learning Support teachers work with subject teachers, form teachers, Year Heads, the Guidance Counsellor, Principals, Headmaster and parents in a whole school effort to provide the best possible education for each student.