Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (104)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

104. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of special needs assistants assigned to each primary school; the number of students that confirmed the need for special assistance in each of the schools in each of the years 2007 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50675/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department's policy is that every child assessed as requiring SNA support will have access to such support.

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, supporting in the region of 37,500 pupils.

Budget 2020 has provided for 1,064 additional SNAs posts which will bring the total number of SNA posts in schools to over 17,000 in 2020.

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for allocating 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 publish statistics on SNA allocations, including allocations by county, for each school year and this information is available on their website, www.ncse.ie.