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Enrolment Policy Little Acorns 2019

Enrolment Policy

‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class

CBS Primary, Wexford

Est: 2019

 

Introduction

The Board of Management of CBS Primary, Wexford sets out its policy in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, the Equal Status Acts 2000-2015, the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 and the Disabilities Act 2005. The Board trusts that by so doing Parents/Guardians will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The Board of Management, Chairperson and the Principal will be happy to clarify any matters arising from the policy. CBS Primary, Wexford operates under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ferns.

Name of School:                                              CBS Primary, Wexford

Address:                                                              Green Street,

Wexford

Y35 H343

Phone:                                                                 (053) 9141324

Email:                                                                   office@cbsprimarywexford.com

Website:                                                             www.cbsprimarywexford.com

Roll No:                                                                17217T

Opening Hours:                                                 9:10am – 2.50pm (1.50pm for infants and ‘Little Acorns’)

 

CBS Primary, Wexford is a mainstream, co-educational primary school that caters for girls and boys from Junior Infants to 6th Class. The ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class was sanctioned in February of 2019, to open in September 2019.

 

Taking into account the regulations and programmes of the Department of Education & Skills, the rights of the Patron as set out in the Education Act 1998, and the funding available, CBS Primary, Wexford supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need.
  • Equality of access and participation in the school.
  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment.
  • Respect for diversity of values and beliefs.
  • Traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

The Board of Management will not refuse a child on the basis of ethnicity, disability (i.e. severity of Autism/ASD), Traveller status, refugee status, political beliefs or family or social circumstances, provided they fulfil the enrolment criteria. Fulfilling the enrolment criteria does not necessarily ensure enrolment if:

  • Sufficient classroom space is not available.
  • Necessary resources pertaining to the enrolment are not available.

Taking all of the above into account the Board of Management reserves the right of admission.

 

Our Aim

Our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class aims to offer an autism specific learning environment within a mainstream national school.  We strive to provide a high quality and positive educational experience for our pupils, including access to a wide-ranging curriculum that is relevant and appropriate to their needs, within the requirements of all recent legislation and national guidelines pertaining to Special Educational Needs (SEN). We work to ensure that each pupil develops to his/her potential in an environment that offers clarity, predictability and calm. We work to enhance the pupils’ communicative and social skills. In providing an autism specific learning environment within a mainstream primary school, we aim to facilitate meaningful inclusion in the school community, having regard for levels of disability, available resources and suitability for such integration. We consistently acknowledge and respect the role of the Parent/Guardian as the child’s natural and primary educator.

Registration Procedure

The registration process begins with a referral from the Autism Team, Special Educational Needs Organiser (SENO) or a telephone call or visit from the Parents/Guardians. The following information will be noted in the Registration Record: 

  1. Date of registration.
  2. Name and date of birth of the child.
  3. Address and telephone number of the Parents/Guardians.

Registrations will only be progressed following receipt of the required professional report(s) as referred to in Point 3 of the Application to Enrol Procedure.

Application to Enrol & Enrolment Criteria

Parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child in a special class are required to adhere to the following enrolment criteria:

  1. Complete and submit an ‘Application to Enrol’ form which is available at the school.
  2.  Provide an original Birth Certificate for the child, a photocopy of which will be retained by CBS Primary, Wexford.
  3. Provide a diagnostic report prepared by a Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Multi-Disciplinary Team that has assessed and classified the child as having autism or autism spectrum disorder using the DSM-V or ICD 10.
  4. Provide all other reports in operation on the child, e.g. occupational therapy report, speech and language report etc.

A completed Application to Enrol form is an expression of interest by a Parent/Guardian in enrolling their child in a special class and is not an offer of a place. Children may not be enrolled before their 3rd birthday.

 

Decision Making

Each Application to Enrol will be considered by our Admissions Team. The team will include the Principal, the SEN Co-ordinator and our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention class teacher. The team will consult with the SENO and/or National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Psychologist as appropriate. A recommendation will be made by the Admissions Team to the Board of Management in relation to each Application to Enrol. Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management.

Criteria for Enrolment in ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class.

Subject to sufficient places being made available in our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class, the criteria for enrolment in the ‘Little Acorns’ Class, incorporating the Dept. of Education policy, are as follows:

  1. An Enrolment Application Form provided by the school should be fully completed by the parents/guardians on behalf of the child.
  2. The Enrolment Application Form should be accompanied by a recent psychological assessment or a report from a member of a multi-disciplinary team.  Please note all reports in operation on a child should be provided to the school.
  3. The child must have a primary diagnosis of Autism/ Autistic Spectrum Disorder made using the DSM-V or ICD 10 by the psychologist or member of the Multi-Disciplinary team.
  4. A child can take up a place in the ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class on/after his/her third birthday.  The upper age limit for inclusion in the EIC is five. (A child cannot be six during the school year).
  5. Placement in the ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class is subject to a yearly review. Parents will be advised as to the child’s future schooling at this yearly review. If, in the course of the year, it transpires that the school cannot meet the required needs of the child, the child will not be enrolled for the following year. This decision will be made by the in-school management team and the Board of Management. Parents will have had meetings with the school special needs’ team throughout the year. The parents will be notified in writing. The school will also notify the NCSE.
  6.  In our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention class there will be a maximum of six students to each teacher and a minimum of two SNAs. (The second SNA may not be appointed until 4 children have enrolled). Should the number of applicants exceed the number of places, a waiting list is put in place.
  7.  When an enquiry is made re ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class, names are automatically placed on an ‘Expression of Interest List’.  In order to be placed on the Waiting List, parents/guardians must supply the school with all reports specifying that the child meets all the requirements to attend Early Intervention Class.  It is important at this time that the parents/guardians and the child meet with the enrolment team in the school.  In the event of the number of applicants seeking enrolment exceeding the number of places available, the following criteria will apply, in descending order of importance:
    1. Brothers and sisters of existing pupils
    2. Children of staff
    3. If places are still available, they will be allocated as per waiting list, once applicant meets the criteria for enrolment.
    4. Once a place has been offered in our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class, it is a requirement by the school that a written response from parents/guardians is sent within FIVE days, to confirm acceptance of the place.
    5. The parents/guardians of the child must accept and agree to the school’s Code of Behaviour and the terms of this policy.

Please note that fulfilling the enrolment criteria does not necessarily ensure enrolment if sufficient places are not available. Also, enrolment in the ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class does not entitle a child to a place in a class in the mainstream school once the period of Early Intervention has finished.

Unsuccessful Applicants

Unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the Board’s decision in writing. Their name(s) will be placed on a waiting list, in accordance with the above criteria for places that may become available.

Following Acceptance of a Place

Following CBS Primary, Wexford’s receipt of the completed Acceptance Form:

  1. The Parents/Guardians of the child being offered a place in ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class will be invited to visit the school to meet with the Principal and the SEN Co-ordinator.
  2.  The Parents/Guardians will be invited to come with their child to visit the class, to meet with school staff and see their classroom.
  3. The child may be phased in gradually to the special class through a mutually agreed process between the school and the Parents/Guardians of the child. In order for the child to get the best possible start in their class, the duration of the child’s school day may vary depending on his/her needs.
  4.  The first number of weeks/months will be used to assess the child’s individual needs and develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to address their identified needs.

Annual Review Process

As a pupil’s learning needs may change over time, his/her enrolment in our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class will be kept under continual review. Each pupil’s progress will be reviewed at the end of each school year or at shorter intervals if required.

The review will include a careful examination of the pupil’s progress in achieving his/her learning targets. The review will consider:

  • The pupil’s views and those of Parents/Guardians, teachers and other relevant professionals.
  • The suitability of the special class placement.
  • Whether the pupil’s needs might be best addressed in a more supported setting. (e.g. a special school setting).

Following a decision that the special class is no longer the most appropriate placement, a pupil may move to

  • A different category of special class in another school or
  • A special school.

Where the change involves a move to a different school, the Parents/Guardians should apply to enrol their child in the new school and the pupil will remain in his/her existing special class until the new placement is organised.

 

 

Transition Planning

Comprehensive transition planning processes will be put in place by CBS Primary, Wexford to facilitate a pupil’s discharge from our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class and their integration into their new educational setting.

Behaviour

CBS Primary, Wexford has a duty of care to all its pupils and staff. Our management of challenging and/or violent behaviour is consistent with each pupil’s right to be treated with dignity and to be free of abuse. All efforts will be made by school staff to prevent, manage and reduce challenging and/or violent behaviours through positive pupil/teacher/SNA relationships, the use of available therapeutic interventions and the implementation of behaviour plans as part of the pupil’s IEP. All pupils are subject to the CBS Primary, Wexford’s Code of Behaviour and Safety Statement. Where a pupil’s behaviour impacts in a negative way on the other pupils in our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class to the extent that their right to an education is being interfered with, the pupil’s behaviour will be reviewed as per the Annual Review Process detailed above.

Refusal to Enrol or Decision to Exclude in Exceptional Circumstances

The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse enrolment or to decide to exclude a pupil in exceptional circumstances where a) a child has special needs that, even with additional resources available from the Department of Education & Skills and/or the Department of Health, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education and b) in the opinion of the Board of Management, a child poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff and/or school property.

The Parents/Guardians have a statutory entitlement under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 (as amended) to appeal the decision of the Board of Management to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills.

Support by Outside Agencies

Every effort will be made by CBS Primary, Wexford to ensure that pupils in our ‘Little Acorns’ Early Intervention Class are referred to outside agencies, such as the Health Service Executive (HSE), for essential services based on their needs, e.g. occupational therapy, speech and language therapy etc. and will accommodate the provision of such services in the school. Parents/Guardians should also note that a guarantee of support from such outside agencies cannot be guaranteed by CBS Primary, Wexford and that Parents/Guardians should ensure they avail of all such possible services for their child.

 

This policy was created in February 2019 and Ratified in May 2019. The Board will continue to monitor all aspects of this policy and the policy will be amended and updated as required.

Signed: ____________________________, Chairperson BOM.                    Date:

____________________________, Principal.                                       Date:

 

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