School Completion Programme

scpThe School Completion Programme (SCP) is a Department of Education initiative aimed at reducing the number of young people who leave school early. This is achieved in a number of ways utilising a range of innovative, creative as well as tried and tested interventions. What makes the School Completion Programme model unique is it 'bottom-up' approach, which allows Local Management Committees (school based, community, statutory and voluntary interests), to put together plans and supports that target the needs of local young people at risk of early school leaving.

SCP has been in existence since 2002. Currently there are 82 projects nationwide comprising 299 primary schools and 112 post-primary schools. Local Management Committees in each project area put together retention plans supporting young people between the ages of 4 and 18 who are at risk of early school leaving. Many different supports have been developed, adopted and reviewed over this period under the four SCP headings: After-school supports, Out-of-school support and holiday support.

niscpThese include:

  • Attendance Tracking and Monitoring
  • Breakfast Clubs/After-School Supports/Homework Clubs
  • Transfer Programmes
  • Out-of-School Programmes
  • Holiday Programmes
  • Mentoring Programmes
  • Learning Support Programmes
  • Social and Personal Development Programmes
  • Parental Programmes and Family Support
  • Therapeutic Support

There are four projects in Donegal based in Carndonagh, Buncrana. Raphoe and Stranorlar. Each project works independently so that local needs are targeted and anchored by a full time Co-ordinator.

The Co-ordinator for North Inishowen, based in Carndonagh, is Marie Therese McDaid, Tel: 074 9373436.
The Project Worker in Carndonagh is Amanda Harkin.

The North Inishowen School Completion Programme includes Carndonagh Community School and six of our feeder primary schools. It is funded by the Department of Education and Science under the National Development Plan with assistance from the European Social Fund.

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