Important update on Summer Programme for all Primary Schools & Special Schools

We are pleased that we can share with you further information on the 2021 Summer Programme for all primary schools (both mainstream and special classes) and special schools.

We are delighted that all students with Down syndrome will qualify for the summer programme in 2021, having lobbied for this and engaged continuously with the Ministers and the Department of Education to ensure that this vital support is provided for all our members attending either a mainstream primary school; a special class in a mainstream school; a special school; or those children who will be starting primary school in September.


There are two options available:

Option One: School-Based Programme

a) Complex Needs/Inclusion Programme (2-3 weeks) for pupils enrolled in mainstream classes with groups of up to 12 pupils supported by 1 teacher and 1 SNA

b) Special Class and Special School Programme (2-5 weeks) for pupils enrolled in special classes and special schools. Staffing resources are the same as those provided for the participating pupils during the school year.


School transport services may be available to pupils who avail of services under the SEN transport scheme. Where services are not available for pupils who normally avail of SEN transport scheme, grant funding is payable to parents following completion of programme


Option Two: Home–Based Programme

If your child’s school is not providing a school-based programme, 40 hours’ home support is available through the home-based summer programme for pupils with complex needs. Children starting primary school next September are also eligible for the home-based programme.

You can also read more with this useful Summer Provision Primary 2021 –Information for Parents.

Application forms for the home-based programme will be available in schools the week commencing Monday, May 31st.

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