RECONNECTING WITH SCHOOLS SUMMER CAMPS & ;ATHCHEANGAL LE SCOILEANNA CAMPAÍ SAMHRAIDH’
As announced today by the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., the Government is providing the opportunity for all DEIS primary schools (Band 1, 2 & Rural) to run a Summer Camp for those students identified as most at risk of educational disadvantage. The Summer Camp Programme is an opportunity for schools to reach out to these pupils and reactivate their engagement in education in a unique and interactive way.
This programme has been in existence for many years, and has been delivered successfully in more than 70 eligible primary schools each summer. In the context of the school closures associated with Covid-19, the programme is extended this year to all DEIS primary schools. During the closures, schools communicated with pupils and their families, endeavored to support their wellbeing, and maintained the continuity of schooling using a variety of approaches. Schools provided hard copies of learning activities to pupils and used a range of electronic platforms to engage pupils with learning at home. Despite the efforts of schools to establish and maintain contact with pupils, principals in their conversations with the Inspectorate indicated their concern about a number of pupils who were hard to reach or whose engagement with schooling was inconsistent and who were thereby at risk of further educational disadvantage.
The Summer Camp Programme which has been extended to all DEIS Primary Schools in 2020 will support pupils’ wellbeing, their sense of connectedness and enable them to re-connect with peers and teachers and to promote their re-engagement with school. The emphasis of the programme is on supporting those pupils who are considered by the school as having the greatest level of need, particularly in relation to the themes of the school’s DEIS action plan.
Information, FAQs, Summer Camp Handbook 2020 and Expression of Interest Forms available at:
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