Restricted Dip

Many people worry about working in Resource before being fully qualified and usually more experienced teachers take up Resource posts, however this doesn’t mean that you can’t work as a resource teacher if you have just finished college.
When I qualified in 2011, I worked as a resource teacher from January – June and it was a fantastic learning experience.

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If you decide to do a restricted DIP in resource, these tips will prove useful.

  • Get the child’s IEP from last year and use this to plan sessions for September/October (before creating a new IEP for this year)
    Talk to the class teacher about the child’s main needs in class
  • Observe the child in different settings – in class, on the yard, in P.E., in assembly etc.
  • Get a record of standardised test results
  • Read the child’s reports from outside agencies and photocopy the background information and any recommendations (which can also be used in your IEP)
  • Meet the parents (they know the child best)

You can find necessary templates on these websites.

SESS (IEP)
I chose Template 1 from this website.
NCSE Guidelines
Limerick Association of Special Education Teachers
Teacher Induction (which has the exact templates for doing your dip in resource)

For my weekly planning, I made my own template which you can download (This template doesn’t have all the headings that the NIPT template has but it is clear and has worked well for me);

 

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