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School Completion Programme (SCP)

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School Completion Programme

The School Completion Programme (SCP) is a targeted programme of support for primary and post primary children and young people who have been identified as potentially at risk of early school leaving or who are out of school and have not successfully transferred to an alternative learning site (i.e. Youthreach, Community Training Centre etc.) or employment. It is a support under the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) Programme, funded by Tusla Education Support Services (tess). SCP aims to retain a young person to completion of the leaving certificate, equivalent qualification or suitable level of educational attainment which enables them to transition into further education, training or employment.

The SCP is one of three strands of Tusla Education Support Service (tess) including the Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Scheme and the Educational Welfare Service. All three strands share the same national outcomes:

  • Improved Attendance
  • Improved Participation
  • Improved Retention

Who is SCP For?

The SCP Programme is a programme to support children and young people who are at risk of early school leaving and students of school going age who are not currently attending school.

SCP projects provide the following interventions to children and young people:

  1. Evidence based/evidence informed interventions at universal level to whole class/whole school groups.
  2. Brief interventions for 8 weeks or less for students identified as needing an immediate short term SCP led intervention.
  3. Targeted interventions to children and young people with significant support needs who have been identified through the SCP Intake Framework. (Only students in this target group need to be processed through the full Intake Framework referral).

Who can make Referrals to a SCP Project?

Referrals can be made in relation to any child or young person enrolled in a school which is included in a SCP project. The majority of schools included in the programme are DEIS schools. Referrals can be made by participating primary and post-primary schools, parents, self-referrals or other agencies working with children and young people in the project cluster.

For further information on making a referral to SCP, please contact your local SCP coordinator Norma Thompson Kerry South SCP

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