What is the Summer Programme 2022?
The Summer Programme 2022 (previously known as July Provision) is run by the Department of Education for primary and post-primary students with complex additional educational needs and those at the greatest risk of educational disadvantage.
The programme’s aims are to support pupils to re-engage with their education over the summer months. The purpose of which is to build their confidence and increase their motivation, promote wellbeing and for some who are at key transition stages, help to ensure they can move on to their planned educational placement next September along with their peers.
This is a voluntary programme and not all school’s avail of the opportunity to engage with this programme. There are two programmes available for eligible students (1) In-School Summer Programme and (2) Home-Based Summer Programme.
What is the (in-school) Summer Programme?
This is the programme available to students whose school is participating in the programme this year, available throughout the months of July/August. There are 3 in-school programmes at primary level for 2022. These are:
- an inclusion programme for pupils in mainstream classes with complex needs and those at risk of educational disadvantage
- a summer programme for pupils in primary special classes and special schools
- an expanded literacy and numeracy summer camp/Campaí Samhraidh for pupils in DEIS schools.
Speak to your child’s school about the in-school Summer Programme. For more information on the eligibility criteria for the in-school Summer Programme please click here.
What is the (in-school) Summer Programme 2022? (Post- Primary)
This is a 2-week summer programme for students with complex needs and students at risk of education disadvantage at post-primary level. The Department of Education outlines the criteria for this programme on its website, which is available here. If you have any questions on this programme, contact your child’s school.
Can I get school transport during the Summer Programme?
If your child avails of the special education needs (SEN) transport scheme, it may be provided for the duration of the Summer Programme. If SEN transport services are not available, you can apply for grant funding after your child has completed the programme. Contact your child’s school for more information this.
What is the (home-based) Summer Programme 2022?
A home-based Summer Programme will continue to be available for children with complex needs where their schools are not providing a school-based programme.
The allocation of hours is 10 per week for four weeks, where a student is eligible, and their school is not participating in a school-based programme or is not in a position to offer the student a place on a school-based programme. If a child avails of this programme and is eligible, it is up the parents/guardian to locate a tutor for the duration of the programme.
If a child’s school is not participating in the in-school Summer Programme and the home-based Summer Programme is not suitable, parents or guardians can contact another school which is partaking in the in-school Summer Programme. All autistic students are eligible for the (home based) Summer Programme.
For more information on the Summer Programme (Home based) programme please see here.
If you have any questions regarding the in-school Summer Programme, please contact your child’s school.
If you have further queries about the home-based Summer Programme, please contact the Department of Education special education division or contact the Community Support team at AsIAm at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer your query.