New SNA Posts announced by Government
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today welcomed the Cabinet decision to approve up to 860 additional Special Needs Assistant posts reflecting the government’s commitment to ensure that every child with an assessed need has access to a SNA.
The additional allocation follows a significant increase in assessed need, following which the Minister has requested a review by her Department and the NCSE to ensure the SNA scheme is sustainable in meeting its objectives.
According to Minister Bruton, Every child with an assessed care need will receive access to SNA support. This is an important principle and will continue in the 2016/17 school year. To achieve that goal I today received sanction from Cabinet for up to an additional 860 SNA posts for allocation to schools.
In advance of the school year starting in September the NCSE reviews the number of valid applications received and in recent weeks has reported an additional requirement of up to 860 posts.