Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (187)

John Curran


187. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of special needs assistants, SNAs, for the academic year 2018/2019 in each primary and secondary school in Lucan, County Dublin; the number being allocated to each school for the academic year 2019/2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25045/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I announced on 27 May that 792 additional SNA posts will be allocated to schools for the beginning of the 2019/20 school year, with up to 130 additional posts expected to be allocated by December 2019.

By the end of this year, there will be up to 15,950 SNAs working in our schools, an increase of over 51% since 2011.

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating a quantum of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support for each school annually taking into account the assessed care needs of children qualifying for SNA support enrolled in the school.

The NCSE allocates SNA support to schools in accordance with the criteria set out in Department Circular 0030/2014, which is available on my Department's website at www.education.ie, in order that students who have care needs can access SNA support as and when it is needed.

The NCSE publish the allocations for individual schools for each school year and this information is available on their website, www.ncse.ie.