Summer education programme 2020


The summer education programme (or Summer Provision) 2020 includes:

  • A modified July Education Programme (or July Provision) for children with significant special education needs
  • A DEIS schools summer camp programme for primary and post-primary schools for students at risk of educational disadvantage

July Education Programme

The modified July Education Programme provides 3 different types of supports:

  1. School-based programme
  2. Home-based programme (where a school-based programme is not available)
  3. Health Service Executive (HSE) programme for children with complex needs

Your access to these programmes depends on what is available in your area and on your child’s individual needs. You can only access one of the programmes.

School-based programme

The school-based programme aims to help your child re-engage with learning and social activities. It will help to build your child’s relationship and connection with the school. This can help your child to transition to the new school year.

The programme takes place in the child’s school. It will run for a minimum of 2 weeks and up to a maximum of 4 weeks between July and August.

School transport may be provided.

Home-based programme

The home-based strand is only available if the child’s school is not running a programme or it does not have capacity to accommodate an eligible child in the programme.

The home-based programme funds the employment of a tutor by the parent for 10 hours per week for 4 weeks, between 29 June and 21 August. The tutor must be a registered teacher or a special needs assistant (SNA).

Where a child with complex needs is unable to access a school-based programme, the HSE will provide a home support worker.

As the parent employs the tutor there is detailed guidance from the Department of Education and Skills on the home-based programme.

Find out more about registering for the home-based programme.

HSE programme

Due to Covid-19, HSE services including therapeutic interventions, in-home support, day and residential respite for children with complex needs have been severely affected.

The HSE will provide school-based, summer camp-type supports for up to 1,200 children with complex needs.

Children’s disability service managers will engage with families to identify those in most need of these supports and agree the number of sessions per week that can be provided. Each session will be for 3 hours.

Who can qualify for the July Education Programme?

The following children can qualify for the school-based or home-based programme:

  1. Pupils with a diagnosis of autism
  2. Pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties
  3. Any child in a special school or a special class in a primary school
  4. Children transitioning into a special class from early years settings to primary school
  5. Pupils in a mainstream primary school class, or who will start in mainstream class next term, who have the following condition: Down syndrome, deaf or have a most severe hard of hearing, blind or have a most severe visual impairment, moderate general learning disability or severe emotional behavioural difficulty
  6. Pupils in post-primary school with Down syndrome

Children’s disability service managers will engage with families to identify those in most need of the HSE-led programme.

Read more about the July Education Programme in 2020.

DEIS schools summer camp programme

DEIS primary and post-primary schools can volunteer to run the DEIS summer camp programme in 2020. The summer camps will be for students at risk of educational disadvantage and will run for one week between July and August .

Primary school summer camps will run for 22.5 hours over 5 days, from Monday to Friday.

Post-primary programme summer camps will run between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

The summer camps will provide literacy and numeracy, well-being and school engagement programmes for primary and post-primary schools or students at risk of educational disadvantage.

School transport may be arranged for students who are already on the School Transport Scheme.

Who can qualify?

Schools will identify the pupils most in need of support and will contact parents directly.

Students most at risk of educational disadvantage, school disengagement and early school leaving are considered a priority.

The school can support up to 10 percent of their students enrolled in September 2019 and can keep a waiting list for students to fill any vacancies.

Page edited: 13 July 2020