School Completion Programme

Background

This project was introduced into 17 schools on a pilot basis in 1999. In Ennis the project includes Scoil Chriost Ri and Ennis Community College.

The S.C.P.is a Department of Education and Science programme that aims to have a significant positive impact on levels of pupils retention in primary and second level schools and on the numbers of pupils who successfully complete the Senior Cycle.

The School Completion Programme subsumes the 8 to 15 Early School Leaver Initiative and the “Stay in School” Retention Initiative and is a key component of the Department’s strategy to discriminate positively in favour of children and young people who are at risk of or who are experiencing educational disadvantage. The programme is funded on a multi-annual basis under the National Development Plan (NDP) with assistance from the European Social Fund (ESF).

In School Supports

Through linking with the school staff the SCP staff target particular students to stay in school. The role of all project staff is inherently supportive and not that of discipline.

The Role of SCP Co-ordinator Ms. Aine Meehan:

  • Managing project finances; book keeping; payroll; financial and biannual reports; funding applications
  • Co-ordinating project activities in two schools
  • Supporting project staff
  • Working with targeted students in two schools in a supportive manner
  • Interagency work including liaising with EWO (Education Welfare Officer) on behalf of Principal.
  • Liaising with staff of both schools
  • Home visitations, Attendance monitoring
  • Collating statistics on retention figures
  • Informal support to student on daily basis

Programmes include

  • One to one tuition
  • Team teaching
  • Extra curricular Activities
  • Team building with students
  • Young Women’s group
  • Homework club
  • Breakfast club
  • Summer Camp provision
  • Rewards

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