Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (392)

Michael Ring


533 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science when teams that are allocated to investigate the SNA support are due to go to the schools in relation to the general review of SNA support levels and the proposed visit to each school which has SNA support; the number allocated to each school; the way in which they give extra hours to pupils; and the way in which they will decide on how to deploy the SNAs. [25330/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The team established by my Department to review special needs assistant, SNA, support in mainstream national schools generally commenced its task recently. The team is assessing the levels and deployment of such support to ensure that the needs of children are met in the context of new applications for resources for the school. I am endeavouring to ensure that the review and the notification of schools on outstanding applications for SNA support are completed in the earliest possible timeframe.