Evaluation of Provision for Students with Additional and Special Educational Needs in Post Primary Schools
The Evaluation of Provision for Students with Additional and Special Educational Needs is a focused evaluation of provision for students with additional and special educational needs in post-primary schools. During these evaluations inspectors report on the following questions:
- How good are the learning outcomes for students with additional and special educational needs?
- How well is the school using the resources it receives for students with additional and special educational needs to improve learning experiences and learning outcomes?
- How effective are the structures and systems that the school has in place in fostering the inclusion, equality of opportunity and holistic development of students with additional and special educational needs?
During the evaluation inspectors visit both mainstream and support classes, engage with students, review their work, files, individual plans and assessment data and administer parent questionnaires. Inspectors also meet with special education teachers, special needs assistants and focus groups of parents and of students. The school receives an opportunity to report on its provision for pupils with special educational needs during these evaluations through completing a School Information Form and through meetings with the inspector(s). We provide oral feedback at the end of these inspections and the school received a written report.