Resource Department

Resource Teacher Ms O'Callaghan pictured with some students
Resource Teacher Ms O'Callaghan pictured with some students


The Resource Department at Ennis Community College and Gaelcholáiste an Chláir offers support to students with identified Special Educational Needs (SEN) and to students who require Learning Support.

Aims of The Resource Department

The overriding aim of the school is to ‘provide an environment where each student is cherished equally and is nurtured to personal, intellectual & moral maturity’. The school operates a policy of inclusion and as such, all students’ needs are identified and catered for, often in small groups or on a one to one basis. Close liaison with home is a key feature of the work of the department and absolute confidentiality is ensured.

We aim:

  1. To create an environment that meets the special educational or additional learning support needs of each pupil.
  2. To ensure that the special educational needs or additional learning support needs of pupils are identified, assessed and catered for.
  3. To make clear the expectations of all partners in the process
  4. To identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for pupils’ special educational needs or learning support needs and to ensure that the person most suited to that need is identified.
  5. To enable all pupils to have full access to all elements of the school curriculum.
  6. To encourage parents/guardians to play their part in supporting a pupil’s education.
  7. To ensure that the pupils themselves are involved in the process.

The resource department comprises of a number of specialised people who make it possible to meet the needs of all students. This team includes the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, the Home-School liaison officer, the Guidance Counsellor, the School Completion Programme, Social, Personal and Health Education teacher and Pastoral Care team. This team works closely with the Educational Psychological Service (NEPs) and with Child and Adolescent Mental Health as well as the Education Welfare Officer. Where required, outside agencies are involved with the student and their families to ensure the best possible outcomes.

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