BEST SCP is a limited company with charitable status and is led by a voluntary management committee. The School Completion Programme (SCP) was set up by the Department of Education and Skills as part of it's DEIS Strategy "Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools." This programme of work is now within the remit of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.
BEST SCP aims is to increase the number of children and young people staying in primary and post primary school in order to improve the number of students who successfully complete the Senior Cycle of school or equivalent. Our work targets children and young people identified to be most at risk of early school leaving and includes:
- Identifying and supporting children and young people at risk of not reaching their potential in the educational system because of poor attendance and other risk factors,
- promoting and supporting participation and retention in school through initiatives such as school breakfast clubs; homework clubs; afterschool supports; mentoring programmes; and therapeutic interventions;
- Implementing transfer programmes to support children to make a positive and successful transition from primary to post-primary school.
BEST SCP also provides an academic and personal/social development programme for young people (14/15yrs) who have fallen out of the education system with a view to supporting their return to mainstream or further education.
BEST SCP manages five breakfast clubs called Early Bird Clubs across eight schools in Ballymun with funding received from the City of Dublin Youth Service Board.
The national School Completion Programme (SCP) was set up.