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Service

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

From: Department of Education and Skills

Overview

NEPS psychologists work with both primary and post-primary schools and are concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. Each psychologist is assigned to a group of schools.

NEPS psychologists work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. They offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students (through consultation and assessment), special projects and research.

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Information for Parents

What do you need to do if you think your child needs to be seen by a NEPS Psychologist?

You need to begin by discussing your child's needs with the class teacher and/or school principal. Not every child needs to meet the psychologist in person. Each school makes referrals to their NEPS psychologist who helps the school to plan the work.

If your school does not have a NEPS psychologist please talk to your principal about local arrangements.

If your school arranges an assessment through NEPS there is no charge for this service.

You will find more information in our parents leaflet:

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Information for Parents

Information booklet for parents on the work of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

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Model of Service

In common with many other psychological services and best international practice, the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) has adopted a consultative model of service. The focus is on empowering teachers to intervene effectively with pupils whose needs range from mild to severe and transient to enduring.

Psychologists use a problem solving and solution focused consultative approach to maximise positive outcomes for these pupils. NEPS encourages schools to use a continuum based assessment and intervention process whereby each school takes responsibility for initial assessment, educational planning and remedial intervention for pupils with learning, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

Teachers may consult their NEPS psychologist should they need to at this stage in the process. Only in the event of a failure to make reasonable progress, in spite of the school's best efforts in consultation with NEPS, will the psychologist become involved with an individual child for intensive intervention.

This process has been advised and communicated to schools in the following guidelines and resource materials:

Information for Primary Schools

  • Special Education Needs - A Continuum of Support:

Special Educational Needs A Continuum of Support - Guidelines for teachers - Primary Schools

The focus of the guidelines is on the process schools and teachers may use to identify and cater for the special educational needs of individual pupils in proportion to the impact of those needs on their learning and socialisation.

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Special Educational Needs A Continuum of Support - Resource Pack for Teachers - Primary Schools

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  • Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties – A Continuum of Support

Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties, A Continuum of Support - Primary Schools

Guidelines for teachers

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Information for Post-primary Schools

  • Special Education Needs - A Continuum of Support:

Special Educational Needs A Continuum of Support for Post Primary Schools - Guidelines for Teachers

The focus of the guidelines is on how post-primary schools may include all students in processes of learning and development

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Special Educational Needs A Continuum of Support for Post-Primary Schools Resource Pack for Teachers

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  • Student Support File

Student Support File Template Form

This word version of the Student Support File, allows schools to insert their own logo and use and adapt the format. It offers a flexible, generic ‘Support Plan’ and ‘Support Review Record’ that can be used at all levels of support.

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Student Support File Guidelines

The Student Support File allows the school to track the student’s pathway through the Continuum of Support – right from the start of the support process.

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Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA)

The Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA) is provided by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) to help in the delivery of a psychological service to all schools.

The scheme is not a substitute for a full educational psychological service of the sort provided by NEPS. It is an interim measure intended to supplement the NEPS service and meet current urgent needs for psychological assessment of children and young people.

All SCPA assessments must be sanctioned in advance by a NEPS psychologist or by the local NEPS Regional Director. Only psychologists listed in the current SCPA panel are eligible to carry out work under the SCPA scheme. The operation of the scheme is reviewed on an ongoing basis by NEPS.

When a SCPA assessment is satisfactorily completed and the report furnished to parents and school authorities, a Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA) Certification of Completion of Assessment should be completed by the engaged psychologist and the principal of the school, and forwarded for payment to:

SCPA - Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments Administrator

Phone:
Address:
National Educational Psychological Service - NEPS, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96

SCPA Guidelines & Relevant Documents

Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments Guidelines for Schools

2019-2020

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Guidelines for SCPA Psychologists

2019/2020

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Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA) Consent Form

2019-2020 SCPA FORM 1

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Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA) Referral Form

SCPA 2019-2020

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Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA) Certification of Completion of Assessment

2019-2020 SCPA FORM 3

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Scheme for the Commissioning of Psychological Assessments (SCPA) Panel

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Critical Incidents

What to do in the event of a critical incident

NEPS provides assistance to all schools that experience critical incidents, including those that may not have an assigned NEPS psychologist.

A critical incident is a situation that overwhelms the normal coping capacity of the school. The types of critical incidents experienced by schools range from the death of a member of the school community through illness, suicide or accidental death to physical assaults or serious damage to school property.

How to request support for a critical incident

NEPS respond to critical incidents on request from affected schools. School authorities seeking support should contact their local NEPS office during working hours, Monday-Friday.

Responding to critical incidents

Responding to Critical Incidents

NEPS Guidelines and resource materials for schools

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Critical incident templates for schools:

Management Policy Template R19, 20 21

Critical incident templates for schools:

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Sample Media Announcement (Template R4)

Critical incident templates for schools

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Sample Letter to Parents Violent Death (Template 3)

Critical incident templates for schools

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Sample Letter to Parents Sudden Death Accident (Template 2)

Critical incident templates for schools

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NEPS Resources

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Resources and Publications

NEPS Contacts

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Head Office

Phone:
Address:
National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin, Dublin 1, D01 RC96

NEPS Regional Contacts

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

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