Educational Support

Educational Support is available to all registered students with additional educational needs. Students who have been formally assessed as having a learning need, are entitled to assistance in their academic work throughout the year. Appointments are one-to-one and are 40 minutes in duration.

What is the Learning Hub?

The Learning Hub is the central support area for students who have additional educational needs (AENs). Students may have educational and medical needs that impact upon their academic studies. Students who have been previously formally assessed (through Educational Psychologists, Consultants, Occupational Therapists, Neurologists or Specialist Registrars etc.) are automatically registered with Educational Support.

The aims of Educational Support for students are:

  • Empowering students to self-manage their study skills

  • Educational Support for students registered as having an educational need (learning need and/or medical condition)

  • Providing reasonable accommodations for registered students with additional needs

Tutorial Support @DCFE

Small group Tutorials are available throughout the academic year. Tutorials are available in IT, Word Processing, Communications and Mathematics. Click on any of the below tutorials to make a booking.

IT Tutorials

IT Support Tutorials are available for students to book for general support with your college email, Moodle, Office 365 or ICT module-specific support from an IT specialist tutor in Room 17.

Word Processing Tutorials

Word Processing Tutorials are available on Wednesdays and Fridays in Room 17.

A Word Processing Tutor will be on hand to provide support and advice during these tutorials. You can revise Word Processing class Handouts, work on assignments and prepare for Word Processing exams.

Communications Tutorial

Communications Tutorials are available to all students in Room 17 on Tuesdays. Work on your assignments for this core module in a group setting with the support of Communications tutor Alana Loisan. Places are limited so book yours now.

Maths Support Tutorial

Maths Support Tutorials are available to all Maths students. Work on assignments or review class notes with Maths tutor Aine Leonard on hand to answer questions and provide general Maths support in a group setting. These tutorials are 40 minutes in duration and take place in Room 17 on Wednesdays and can also be accessed via Microsoft Teams. Places are limited so book yours now.

One-to-one appointments with Fiona Hoey are also available. They are 40 minutes in duration and take place in the Learning Hub on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can also be accessed via Microsoft Teams.

Educational Support Team

Catherine Joyce

Educational Support Coordinator

Catherine Joyce coordinates educational support services in the college and assists students that require additional focused support in their learning. Some students may require help with general study, time management, assignment preparation, using assistive technology or availing of examination supports.

If you have been assessed or suspect you require these educational supports, contact Catherine by email at

You can also text the Learning Hub on 086 601 1305 . If you are registered with the Learning Hub, you'll receive texts from this number.

The Learning Hub Educational Support Office is open Monday - Friday from 09:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Sinead Rooney

Educational Support Officer

Gemma Finn

Educational Support Officer

About this web page

These pages provide resources for students who have AEN.

Throughout the academic year, the Educational Support Team have appointments with students with AEN which focus on the following areas:

  • Organisation, time and self management skills

  • Note-taking skills and assistive technology

  • How to make the most out of assistive technology

  • Reading and writing skills

  • Exam study skills

Available Supports

What is a Needs Assessment?

A needs assessment is carried out by the Educational Support Officer, whereby they discuss your individual needs and how these needs may impact upon your education and experience in further education. Documentation such as consultants letters or educational psychologist reports are important documents in which the Educational Support Officer refers to and bases decisions made about what type of supports can/should be provided to you throughout your time in DCFE.

This needs assessment is carried out with you, and will incorporate an assessment of your needs in further education and will also recommend Reasonable Accommodations if and when you have college exams. It's important to ask the Educational Support Officer what type of exam accommodations you may be entitled to.

In the needs assessment, you and the Educational Support Officer will discuss what supports you wish to avail of during your pre-booked appointments and will also bear in mind particular demands of the course that you are doing.

The needs assessment will also involve recommendations for Assistive Technology by the Educational Support Coordinator (Catherine Joyce) who consults with the Educational Support Officer and refers to relevant medical or educational psychologist documentation provided at the time of the needs assessment.

After the needs assessment, a funding application will be sent to SOLAS, where funding may be granted for the Educational Support service you are availing of. This funding is vital to the running of Educational Support services in the college, for the purchasing of specialist assistive technology and transportation services for students with significant needs. SOLAS decide if the funding is successful.

Making An Appointment

Every student registered with the Educational Support will be encouraged to make appointments with any one of our Educational Support Officers.

Our Educational Support Officers can provide training in research skills, time management and study skills.

In so far as is possible, Educational Support Officers collaborate with Academic staff to ensure that the curriculum is delivered in a way that is accessible to all students, which might involve adapting teaching strategies and module/course delivery to suit students with additional needs.

Where applicable, your Educational Support Officer will arrange suitable accommodations for you in terms of examinations and the completion of assignments.


It is important to note that in order to avail of any of these services, it is vital that you provide specialist documentation, giving details of your disability. Without this, it is not possible to provide the necessary support for you. Please make contact with Catherine Joyce to see if your documentation is valid.

Personal Management Skills

Organisational Skills

Motivational Skills

Time Management

Setting Priorities

Coping with Stress

Assignment Work

Reading and Note Taking

Conquering Writer's Block

Planning an Essay

Choosing structure

Paragraph Structure





Spelling and decoding


Research Skills

Exam Support

Study Routine

Mind Mapping

Exam Preparation

Analysing Questions

Preparing for exam essays