Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (164)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

164. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of applications for SNA access made since the May 2019 allocation of SNA posts for County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52576/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I announced on 27th May that 792 additional Special Needs Assistant (SNA) posts would 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 the management of the application process for SNA support and I will forward the Deputy's questions for its direct reply. 

The NCSE has published details of SNA allocations for all schools which are available to view on a per county basis, including special schools.  Details can be accessed on the NCSE website at www.ncse.ie or by using the following link http://ncse.ie/statistics