Assessment and Planning for Students with Special Education Needs, Post Primary

Continuum of Support (COS) and SET Allocation Model (Post Primary)
Date Venue
4th October 2019 Donegal Education Centre
16th October 2019 Galway Education Centre
17th October 2019 Kilkenny Education Centre
21st October 2019 Drumcondra Education Centre
23rd October 2019 Athlone Education Centre
15th November 2019 Cork Education Support Centre
4th February 2020 Limerick Education Centre
7th February 2020 Monaghan Education Centre
11th February 2020 Blackrock Education Centre
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins: 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 4.00pm

Course Description

The NCSE Support Service is presenting a modular course which will provide professional development for Special Education teachers in identifying students with additional learning needs and in planning focused and purposeful interventions to meet the needs of such learners at Post Primary level. This guidance is provided in the context of a revised model for allocating special education teaching resources introduced by the Department of Education and Skills in September 2017.


Anticipated Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Discuss the implications of the introduction of the new model of allocation for schools
  • Be familiar with a variety of uses for assessment at Post Primary level
  • Be familiar with the terminology used in assessment
  • Understand the importance of assessment as a continuous, school wide undertaking
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of various forms of assessment
  • Understand the information given in formal reports
  • Explore a range of strategies to help create focused and purposeful teaching interventions based on a broad range of assessments
  • Be introduced to the concept of provision-mapping and the importance of self-evaluation in the relation to Assessment within their school


Course Overview / Content


Module One: One Day Seminar

  • Review of recent legislation and circulars at Post Primary level

  • An overview of assessment at Post Primary level; its purpose and the terminology used

  • The importance of a broad range of assessment tools

  • Assessment workshop

  • Looking at assessment to create focused and purposeful interventions – school assessment, psychological assessment, speech and language assessments

  • Planning to create inclusive learning


Module Two: School Visit

  • NCSE Support Service will supplement the initial course by providing school visits to course participants, and their colleagues if required, to support the school in reviewing their own procedures around assessment


Information for Applicants

The course is open to

  • Full-time Special Education and Guidance Teachers who are currently working in a mainstream post primary school
  • Participants will require permission from the Board of Management to attend. Typically, substitution for this seminar will only be allowed to subject teachers with primary responsibility for students with a special educational need and if it is deemed absolutely essential by the Principal
  • Typically substitution will only be allocated to non - substitute teachers
  • Payment is not available to teachers in a substitute capacity


Refreshments and lunch will be provided.