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July Provision

What is July Provision?

July Provision is a scheme provided by the Department of Education which funds an extended school year for autistic school-children and / or those with a profound general learning disability. 

This enables students in those schools with SENs to learn at a pace more suitable to their needs and focuses on areas where they might be struggling in, such as a particular subject or life skill.

Who gets July Provision?

July Provision is usually offered to autistic children enrolled in special schools or mainstream primary and post-primary schools with an autism/special class. It is also open to students with a profound learning disability.

Schools have flexibility on how long they can provide the Programme, but it generally runs from between two to four weeks; occasionally, it will last into August. Those children who take part in the Programme also qualify for school transport.

Your child’s school may qualify for school-based provision if they are a special school or have a special class / autism class attached to the mainstream school. If granted, the programme will be delivered in the school by a qualified teacher(s) for an additional month in July of each year.

Who provides July Provision?

Not every school will take part in the Programme, even if they have students which meet the criteria. If a school-based setting is not available, then the DES will fund a qualified teacher to provide ten hours’ worth of home tuition over four weeks to eligible students. The school your child is enrolled in must not provide a July Provision programme in order for you to qualify for home-based provision. The teaching and learning provided by the programme is largely based on the school support plan for the individual child.

How long does July Provision last?

Schools have flexibility on how long they can provide the Programme, but it generally runs from between two to four weeks; occasionally, it will last into August. Those children who take part in the Programme also qualify for school transport. Where school-based provision is not feasible, 40 hours of home-based provision may be granted which will be delivered by a qualified teacher in your home.

 How do I apply for July Provision?

You can directly apply via the DES’ website here

Please not that the delivery of July Provision has changed in light to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, check our explainer.

 

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