Department of Education Services (DES) is the operational arm of the Ministry of Education, Employment & Gender Affairs, relating to the provision of compulsory education. DES is responsible for supporting school improvement and raising standards through the implementation of ministerial policy, the development and implementation of operational level policies, and the provision of a range of centralized services to support the effective management and day to day operations of schools.
The DES provides services to some 2,500 Secondary and 2,500 Primary students through one Further Education Center, three High Schools, ten Primary Schools and a Special School. The post holder is part of the Student Services team, which comprises of approximately 60 professional and support staff. Student Services is responsible for the provision and co-ordination of assessment, identification and intervention services to children with significant barriers to learning in order to allow them to access the full range of educational opportunities,
The post works under the immediate supervision of the Allied Health Team Leader who reports to the SSIO (SEN). The post holder works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team delivering specialized services within the education system.
The emphasis of this role is to provide therapy to students and to assist teachers/care-givers/other support persons and parents in carrying out programmes to improve the child’s performance to the best of their abilities based on their special educational needs.