The IDS is a regional service for Northern Ireland. We provide advice and support to schools regarding provision for ‘Newcomer’ *pupils.
*A ‘Newcomer’ pupil is a pupil whose home language is not English and who requires extra support in school for this reason.
The term ‘newcomer’ pupil is used to refer to a pupil who has enrolled in a school but who does not have satisfactory language skills to participate fully in the school curriculum and does not have a language in common with the teacher.
We provide support for schools with Pre-school , Primary, Post-Primary and Special Toolkits.
Click here for a short presentation about our service.