An Overview of the Learning Profile of Children with Down Syndrome at the Post-Primary School Stage

Date & Time: 13th February 2024 19:00-21:00

Location: Zoom Online Webinar

Tutor: Fidelma Brady

This webinar will support those working with students with Down syndrome at the post –
primary school stage, in both mainstream and special settings. The rights of students to
attend a school of their choice will be discussed along with the impact of their learning
strengths and needs on their progress and development. The specific learning needs or
learning profile of the student will be outlined; and implications for educators will be
discussed. The importance of adapting the curriculum and differentiating teaching materials
will be highlighted. An overview of junior cycle options, the student’s behaviour, social
development and independence building will also be presented, and useful resources will be
discussed. Opportunities will be provided for Q & A and discussion.

Tutor Bio

As Head of Primary & Post Primary Education with Down Syndrome Ireland, Fidelma Brady supports parents of children and students with Down syndrome on their journey through primary, post primary and special schools. She also provides support, information and advice for schools and teachers to assist them in the provision of appropriate education for children and students with Down syndrome. The development and delivery of seminars and webinars at regional and national level for parents and education professionals is also a key focus for Fidelma.

A key component of the Member Support Team, she continues to research, collect and disseminate current information on the learning needs of students with Down syndrome, to include international methods of best practice and intervention strategies. A primary teacher by profession and within that field, Fidelma has always had a great interest in special education – with a particular focus on Down syndrome. Over the years she has been fortunate to have taught in many schools, large & small, urban & rural. This has given her a wide experience of the many issues facing children and students within the education system, particularly those with special educational needs.

Having undertaken many professional development courses over the years, she holds a Doctorate in Education (EdD); a Master’s Degree in Education (M.A.) and an Honours Diploma in Special Education, as well as a Bachelor of Education Degree (B.ED.).

Fidelma can be contacted by email at