The Language Class is a special class, centrally located within the school. It caters for children who are diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder. There are seven children in the class who are between four and eight years of age. The class is a joint collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Health Service Executive.


The Language Class team are fully committed to ensuring your child has a safe, joyful, life-enhancing experience in this class. The staff includes two teachers on a job -share basis, speech and language therapist three mornings a week and a full-time special needs assistant. The teachers and SLT collaborate closely to plan, deliver and evaluate language goals for each child. Children are supported to access the normal school curriculum with particular emphasis on specific language objectives. They are integrated into mainstream class within the school as appropriate and fully involved in school activities.

Children usually attend for two years and transfer to mainstream thereafter. Transport is provided for children who need it along with an escort to ensure the safety of each child.

Parents are active and fully informed parents in their child’s learning journey.  Regular Parent/Teacher/Therapist meeting, informal meetings, feedback through questionnaires, daily diaries/ communication copy, teaching/SLT demonstrations are ways we support parents. Special efforts are made to include parents in all aspects of school life.

The Language Class is an integral part of St. Joseph’s N.S. since it began in 1995. The Board of Management and School Staff  endorse all the magic that happens in this class!