In Coláiste Íde we have an experienced Student Support Team in place for students with additional needs. Our Student Support Officers provide individualised customised responses to meet student needs. As a result we have a very high student succession record for the learners who use our Student Support Team.
The nature of Further Education is that students with specific learning needs can often be accommodated in ways that are not always possible at second level. The practical nature of many of our courses means there is less emphasis on written work. In certain cases work may be submitted in alternative formats such as video, sound recording or interview. Written exams are supported with individualised accommodations such as readers, scribes, separate exam centers and the use of laptops.
We also have excellent assistive technology resources available for students. These resources include the Read, Write, Gold Package, C Pens as well as a range of tablets and laptops. More importantly the college runs a Study Skills Center open to all students 5 days per week. Sindy Fitzpatrick is the Study Skills Coordinator and ensures that a teacher is always available to give assistance to students using study skills.
Applicants with Additional Needs
The College welcomes applications from students with additional needs. It is College policy to attempt to provide appropriate support and help for students with a physical disability or specific learning needs within the limits of available resources. Applicants with additional needs should contact the admissions office well in advance to discuss any special requirements. If the college is not in a position to meet an applicant’s additional needs, guidance is given to help find a similar course in a college with the required resources.
Colaiste Ide is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination in its policies and procedures.
Garda Vetting will operate for students on any course dealing with children or vulnerable adults.
Admission to a particular course is subject to an applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements, the findings from the interview, and places being available on the course. Applicants who are not offered a place have the right to appeal the decision to the college Board of Management. A copy of the full admissions policy is available from the college.
Each Further Education course has a Course Co-ordinator As well as dealing with the overall administration of the day to day running of the programme, the co- ordinator is available to discuss progress on the Course and to advise on personal and academic matters.
Guidance Counselling Service
The College offers students a comprehensive Guidance Counselling Service. This service provides help in the areas of career guidance, personal and educational support. The service encourages students to make informed decisions about career choice and planning and the successful completion of their course.
The college provides a learning support service for learners with specific learning needs such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
- Course Co-ordinators
- Guidance Counselling Service
- Learning Support Service
- VTOS Coordinator
- SUSI Grant Coordinator
- BTEI Coordinator
- Administration Office
- Sports and Cultural Events Programme
- Student Council
- Erasmus+ Programme Coordinator
- Graduation Ceremony
- Open Learning Centre
- Study Skills Centre