Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that the Cabinet signed off today on the allocation of 975 additional Special Needs Assistants nationwide and up to 40 additional Special Needs Assistants will be provided for schools across the Roscommon-Galway constituency over the period from September to December 2017.
“Today Cabinet signed off on a significant increase in the number of additional Special Needs Assistants to be allocated during the period from September to December 2017 so that every child that needs access to SNA support will receive it. In my constituency of Roscommon-Galway I am pleased to confirm that 40 additional SNAs will be provided across all schools. I have a long history of campaigning for the provision of additional Special Needs Assistants in our schools as the much needed support that they provide is vital in playing a key role to help children to participate and progress.” added Naughten.
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The NCSE will proceed to notify schools of their SNA allocations for the coming 2017/18 school year and will publish details of these allocations on their website www.ncse.ie today.
This decision is being made now to ensure that each child that is assessed as needing SNA support receives access to such support for the commencement of the new school year.
This will ensure that children with special educational needs may be enrolled and take up their places in September.
Supports for Children with Special Educational Needs
In 2017 the Department of Education and Skills will invest €1.68 billion in special education, almost one fifth of the entire education budget. This is a 32% increase since 2011.
The number of Special Needs Assistants has increased by 32%, from 10,575 to 13,990 since 2011.
The number of Special Classes has increased by 120% with over 600 new special classes opened since 2011, bringing the total number of such classes to over 1,100.
The new model for allocating Resource Teachers to schools has been successfully introduced, with 900 additional teacher allocated from September 2017 to support the model and to ensure that children with special needs can access additional teaching supports.