Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (162)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

162. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of SNAs allocated since budget 2020; and the geographical placing of same, in tabular form. [46136/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Budget 2019 provided for 950 additional SNA posts. To date over 900 of these posts have been allocated with the remainder expected to be allocated by the end of the year.

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.  

Budget 2020 has provided for 1,064 additional SNAs posts, for allocation in 2020, 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 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 publish statistics on SNA allocations for each school year and this information is available on their website, www.ncse.ie.