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Learning Support in Holy Trinity College


All children find some aspects of learning challenging, but, with the right help all children can develop at their own pace.

In Holy Trinity College we endeavour to address the needs of all pupils including those who may experience learning difficulties during their school career. We consider it a priority that children with additional needs are given equal opportunity to access a broad and balanced curriculum.


What are Additional Needs?

Children with additional educational needs have difficulties or disabilities which make it difficult to access the curriculum.

These children may have difficulties with:

 Reading, writing, number work or understanding information

 Expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying

  • Making friends, interacting with others or relating to adults

 Acceptable standards of behaviour

 Organising themselves for class and school

 Physical or sensory needs which may affect their ability to learn in school


Supporting the needs of students.

 In house Numeracy and literacy support programmes

 Mentoring Programme

 EA Post Primary Support Services

 ASD Service

 Educational Psychology Service/  Behaviour Support Services

 Counselling Service

 Special consideration in examinations for pupils with specific learning needs

 Educational Welfare Officer

 IT- Assistive technology- Programme currently being rolled out

 Learning Support Centre

 Learning Support Assistants in classes

 Newcomer Pupil Support (English as an additional language)

  • Transition service

  • Transition service for children with disabilities


Partnership with Parents/ Guardians

In Holy Trinity College we value the knowledge, experience and views of parents/ guardians. We work to establish partnerships with parents sharing information and making appropriate provision for all pupils.


Information is exchanged via:

 Parent/ teachers meetings

 Consultations with Learning Support Staff

 Communication  via telephone /letter

 Meetings with outside agencies

 Annual review meetings


Parents/ Guardians are encouraged to:

 Keep the school informed of specific additional needs their child might have

 Support the child’s involvement in any support programme

 Attend parent/ teacher meetings

 Attend annual review meetings

 Regularly monitor their child’s homework diary


 Share any concerns they have with SENCo/Asst SENCo Learning Support Staff


Department Staff:

SENCO—Mrs N McAshea

Assistant SENCO—Mrs A Donnelly.

Learning Support teachers:

Mrs E McGilly (Part-time)

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