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NEPS 2021/2022



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.

Please see Video about the NEPS Services

Please see Video about the NEPS Services

NEPS psychologists have developed two handouts to provide advice to parents and school staff with regard to supporting children and young people in our schools at this time of war in Ukraine, available at the following links in English and Irish:


gov.ie - Tacú le Leanaí agus Daoine Óga le linn Cogaidh (www.gov.ie)

We hope these are helpful for our school communities in supporting children and young people at this time.

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 Post-primary Schools

Special Education Needs - A Continuum of Support

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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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