Department of Education Expanded Summer Programme for Children with Special Educational Needs and Those at Greatest Risk of Educational Disadvantage

The Department of Education has recently announced the provision of expanded Summer education programmes for students with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage, as a COVID-19 pandemic response measure, for Summer 2021. Under this expansion of the Summer programme, students with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage will have access to an enhanced Summer programme of education.

The programme’s aims are to support pupils to re-engage with education, to build their confidence and increase their motivation, promote wellbeing and for some who are at key transition stages, help to ensure they can move on to their planned educational placement next September along with their peers.

Following consultation with education stakeholders, a number of new initiatives and additional resources are being provided for schools running programmes this Summer. This includes providing funding for an Overseer role in each school and providing additional time for preparatory work. A new helpline is also being provided to handle queries. There is also a commitment to issue payments to staff involved in a more timely manner.

Primary schools who wish to offer a school-based Summer programme can complete the Department of Education ‘Expression of Interest’ form, available here, by 10a.m. on Friday 25th June 2021.

Post Primary schools who wish to offer a school-based Summer programme can complete the Department of Education ‘Expression of Interest’ form, available here, by Friday 25th June 2021.

A Department helpline for schools and parents is also being provided to deal with any queries on the programmes. This can be reached via the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 090-6484292. Further information on Summer Provision 2021 can be found here.

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