Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (176)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire


176. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of SNAs employed by his Department. [37092/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

At the end of the 2018/19 school year there were approximately 15,030 SNA posts allocated to schools. I announced on 27th May that 792 additional SNA posts will be allocated to schools for the beginning of the 2019/20 school year, with almost 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.

Once the posts are allocated by the NCSE, the recruitment/employment of SNAs is a matter for school management.