Inclusive Education for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
The philosophy underpinning Inclusive Education for Children with Special Educational Needs at Mary Immaculate College is based on the belief that every child is first and foremost a child with a right to an appropriate education. The ecological model of disability is explored as are students own personal attitudes, values and beliefs about disability. Students are exposed to a range of theories, research, policies, practices and legislation pertaining to the inclusion of children with a variety of special educational needs in the mainstream primary school classroom. Identification and assessment of special educational needs features strongly in this programme as does differentiating the curriculum and developing a wide array of instructional strategies. There is particular emphasis on teacher identity and the collaborative teacher who engages with parents and other professionals in order to meet the educational needs of the child with SEN. The programme encourages a holistic view of the child within the family as well as a whole school/community approach to inclusion, which is supported by enabling legislation, policies and practices.
Every child is first and foremost a child/ Is páiste gach páiste idtús báire