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School Completion Programme

The School Completion Programme (SCP) is a Department of Education and Science programme that aims to have a significant positive impact on levels of pupil retention in primary and second level schools and on numbers of pupils who successfully complete the Senior Cycle. The Programme is funded under the National Development Plan (NDP). The School Completion Programme aims to examine the interrelated factors which impact on early school leaving and to encourage inter-agency involvement to address the issue.

It is the primary aim of the programme to develop a framework through which schools, families, pupils, community organisations and state bodies will effectively work together to:

  • Decrease the risk of educational disadvantage.
  • Improve retention in the formal school system.
  • Ensure that the pupils will benefit from a needs, strengths, skills based curriculum, which will cater for multiple intelligences and individual styles. This will include academic, artistic, recreational, psychological and family support interventions.

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