Multi Disciplinary Team
What is the Multi Disciplinary Team in Coláiste Íde
Coláiste Ide is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education. In trying to achieve this, the overall welfare for learners will be promoted through fostering a positive environment where essential learning can be supported. To enhance this environment the college has established a Multidisciplinary Support Team as part of its Pastrol Care Programme. This team will work with learners, senior management and all teaching staff .The members of this team are:
- Fionnula Crennan
- Sindy Fitzpatrick
- Ettie Reilly
- Denise Ward
- Patricia Lynch
The team will give support, put reasonable accommodations in place, provide information and advocate on behalf of learners. For ease of identification Multi-Disciplinary Team office doors have been painted pink. This will ensure that learners can clearly identify the teachers associated with the MDT. The Study Skills Centre will act as a hub for all students who need learning support and nurturing. The college has converted Room 13 to form part of this hub. This information will be advised to learners at Induction.
Meet the Team
As Supports Officer I am the first point of contact for learners and parents with learning support queries. It is my role to ensure that learners with additional needs are supported and included on campus. I am also the first point of contact for staff who have queries or information in relation to learners in their classes who may require reasonable accommodations and or support. My office is located opposite Room 23.
Study Skills Centre Coordinator
My role is to support learners during their educational journey to reach their full potential. I train learners using several resources including Assistive Technology and cover a range of topics including literacy, computer literacy, academic writing, organisational skills, critical thinking, research skills, presentation development skills, finding and evaluating information, and referencing. Each learner is assessed with a training plan (psychometric testing if required) to identify their support needs and the best technology suited to these requirements. I then work with this student on a regular basis over the academic year. I liaise with Class Teachers and Management to identify barriers to education for the learner and to develop plans to reach their educational goals. My office is in the Study Skills Centre.
Learner Support Officer
My role in Learner Support is to use software programmes to support learners who may be experiencing difficulties with organisation, literacy, academic, I.T. issues, goals, and engagement. I assist in providing workshops for Referencing, Bibliography, Assignment Structure and Presentations. I preform psychometric testing for Dyslexia if required. I link in with learners throughout the academic year to help them remain focused. I liaise with teachers, management, and other members of the MDT to identify the needs of learners so they can reach their full potential. My aim is to make the study skills a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for all students to excel. My office is located across from the General Office.
As Guidance Counsellor my role within the Multi-Disciplinary Team is to advise students so that they can make informed choices about their future in relation to employment, education, and training. I will provide one-to-one meetings with students and liaise with other team members to help and support students reach their full potential at Coláiste Ide. My office is located in the office section of the new building.
Retention and Liaison Officer
My role is to retain learners on programmes and to maximise the numbers who progress to the next stage of their academic or working life. I am in essence the learner welfare officer, with the learner wellbeing and success at the forefront of my aims. I will identify and track the performance and activity of specific cohorts of learners with at-risk potential, e.g., socially and economically disadvantaged, new entrants, disability registered, mature and international students. I will work with the learner to draw up a learner retention plan, identifying all aspects of the learner's life that impact on their retention. This will include identify at risk learners through attendance monitoring, assessment submission and Moodle. When required I also liaise with external organisations such as DEASP, Tusla, local Partnerships, Homeless services and in some instances family members. As part of MDT this information will be provided on a need-to-know basis to the other members of the team and relevant teachers. My office is located next to the Deputy Principals office in the main building.