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Our ‘Moderate Learning Unit’ (MLU) is in a separate prefabricated unit attached to our school and is referred to as Room 26.  We have 2 toilets within and a kitchen area with a fridge, dishwasher, sink, oven and hob. The classroom also has a laptop and an Interactive Whiteboard.  We have access to another smaller room (which we call the 'Hub') and within this is a small relaxation tent as well as a working area and resource materials. 

This special class caters for 8 pupils and our general educational philosophy is to integrate as much as is appropriate and practical and to endeavour to give our students access to as broad a based curriculum as possible.  The range of pupils within this class has ranged from 1st years up to 6th years and has included Transition Year.  Work is differentiated to accommodate the different levels of ability and ranges of age and curriculums/guidelines such as the NCCA Primary Moderate General Learning Disabilities Guidelines, Level 1/2 Junior Cert, LCA and sign language programmes (to name but a few) help to develop an appropriate structure within the class which is very individual depending on pupils' needs and strengths.  There is a focus to constantly improve communication both with fellow peers and all staff members both in and out of the classroom environment. 

A lot of learning takes place outside of school too and it is an added benefit that Prosperous Village is so close. A 'Student Support File' is opened up upon entry and is maintained on a regular basis and students' reviews are made along with Parental input which form ‘Individual Education Plans’. New, suitable resource material is constantly being created and built upon. 

Our class opened in Sept 2014 with 3 pupils and our portacabin was operational in May 2015.  4 pupils from Room 26 have graduated from school and our class has been full with 8 pupils enrolled.  Any one class can have pupils from 1st year right through to Senior Cycle students being educated alongside one another.  Great emphasis is placed on integration, both for educational, personal and social reasons and so pupils attend mainstream classes where it is appropriate and meaningful to do so.  Pupils from Room 26 have, and will be, involved in many other ways in school life such as participation in the Student Council, Musicals, Sports Days, Sponsored Walks, JCSP activities, Award Nights, School Tours, etc. 

Practical activities in our class have involved Horse Riding lessons, Breakfast Club visits (to a local Restaurant), Tennis Ireland lessons (in conjunction with Prosperous Tennis Club), Shop Visits, Mobile Library Visits, Visits to the local Church & Community Hall, Visits to the National Stud, Tesco, Supervalu, Kildare Maze, Lullymore Discovery Park, Travel Training on a local Bus to Clane, various Work Experience placements and Historical Walks etc. - At the moment these activities are on hold due to Covid restrictions.

We operate a full Transition for students to move on from school and work closely with the HSE Disability Officer.  Suitable placements are visited and explored before making commitments (i.e. Project Search at Naas Hospital).  Graduates have progressed on to the National Learning Network and KARE to name but a few.

Our class is officially allocated half of an SNA and one and a half teachers.  Our class has had up to two and a half Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) added on to this allocation which has to be applied for separately and is directly correlated to students' needs.  We are the only one of two ‘Moderate Learning Units’ attached to a Post Primary mainstream school in Kildare.  Pupils live as far away as Kildare Town and most come into school using the ‘School Transport Scheme’ and some avail of a Bus Escort.

Further information can be obtained from Jacqueline Considine.

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges" - 

Isaac Newton.

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Staff

Teachers:-

Jacqueline Considine  

Kathleen Maloney

Michael Wilkinson

SNAs:-

Laura Conlon  

Aimee Corcoran

Pauline Kenny

Bernie Leonard

Juanita Mulvey

Dominic Keatley

Evelyn Curran

Laura Whittaker

Louise Coogan