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26 Jun 2022

Niall Mór National School in Killybegs is the first officially crowned ADHD-friendly school in Donegal

ADHD Ireland School Accreditation Programme welcomed

Niall Mór National School in Killybegs is the first officially crowned ADHD-friendly school in Donegal

Local councillor Niamh Kennedy with Niall Mór National School, Eugene Mulligan

Niall Mór National School in Killybegs is the first ADHD Friendly primary school in the Donegal region.

ADHD Ireland has completed a pilot of the new School Accreditation Programme and has begun to take school applications for September 2022 for the third round of the ADHD School Friendly Programme.

The ceremony was a credit to the dedication of teachers, SNAs and staff, who have done amazing work by committing time to expand their knowledge of ADHD and learn strategies to support their students in the classroom. With a prevalence of 5% for ADHD, this equates to 1:20 children.

Niall Mór National School is proud to call itself Donegal's first ADHD Friendly Primary School.

During the ceremony the school principal, Eugene Mulligan thanked the staff for taking the time to engage in the programme.

“It is estimated that 1 in 20 students in our schools may have ADHD, but many go through school undiagnosed. Therefore, it is important that we as educators gain a deeper understanding of indicators of ADHD and the educational strategies which best support this cohort of children in our school,” he said.

The programme was designed to include teachers, SNAs and parents in the process. The main goal of the project is to provide an understanding of the needs of young people with ADHD and to give practical information.
Throughout the school year, the project is delivered via online training delivered by industry professionals from ADHD Ireland and the ADHD Foundation (UK).

Additionally, parents/carers are invited to join private sessions on ADHD Ireland. The aim is to have everyone involved in the young people’s lives be informed and educated to help benefit them in all aspects of their lives.

In September, ADHD Ireland will continue presenting flags to a further 15 schools, plus starting the new term of the School Accreditation Programme for primary and secondary school. The vision is to see the accreditation flag in every school around the country which is associated with ADHD knowledge, acceptance, and friendliness.


“We know there is a huge ​gap, and we are here to help support schools in filling the need for understanding their ADHD students,” said Nicola Coss National Service Development Manager ADHD Ireland.

If you wish for your school to become ADHD-friendly, please contact us to enter the next phase of the project at terri@adhdireland.ie or visit our website https://adhdireland.ie/school-accreditation-2/

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