NEPS Model of Service

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In common with many other psychological services and best international practice, the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) has adopted a consultative model of service.  The focus is on empowering teachers to intervene effectively with pupils whose needs range from mild to severe and transient to enduring. 

Psychologists use a problem solving and solution focused consultative approach to maximise positive outcomes for these pupils.  NEPS encourages schools to use a continuum based assessment and intervention process whereby each school takes responsibility for initial assessment, educational planning and remedial intervention for pupils with learning, emotional or behavioural difficulties. 

Teachers may consult their NEPS psychologist should they need to at this stage in the process.  Only in the event of a failure to make reasonable progress, in spite of the school's best efforts in consultation with NEPS, will the psychologist become involved with an individual child for intensive intervention.

This process has been advised and communicated to schools in the following guidelines and resource materials:

Information for Primary Schools

Special Education Needs - A Continuum of Support
  • Guidelines for Teachers download PDF
  • Resource Pack for Teachers download PDF

Special Education Needs - A Continuum of Support: Guidelines (Report cover)  Special Education Needs - A Continuum of Support: Resource (Report cover)

Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties – A Continuum of Support
  • Guidelines for Teachers download PDF  

Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties (Report Image)

Information for Post Primary Schools

A Continuum of Support for Post Primary Schools
  • Guidelines for Teachers download PDF
  • Resource Pack for Teachers download PDF

A Continuum of Support: Guidelines for Teachers (Report Cover) A Continuum of Support: Resource Pack for Teachers (Report cover)

Student Support Teams
  • A Guide to Establishing a Team or Reviewing an Existing Team PDF

Student Support Teams (Report Cover)

Information common to Primary and Post Primary Schools

Student Support File

This word version of the Student Support File, allows schools to insert their own logo and use and adapt the format. It offers a flexible, generic ‘Support Plan’ and ‘Support Review Record’ that can be used at all levels of support.

  • Form download DOC

Supporting ‘Guidelines for Teachers’ document is also available:

  • Guidelines download PDF

NEPS - Student Support File (Cover)NEPS - Student Support Guidelines (Cover)

An overview and the key elements of what we do in NEPS are outlined below.

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