Extra SNAs will benefit children in Dublin West schools

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Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has welcomed the Government’s announcement of extra Special Needs Assistants which will benefit a number of schools in the area.

Just some of the schools which will receive more SNAs include:

• Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School – 1 extra SNA
• Coolmine Community School – 3 extra SNAs
• Corduff National School – 0.5 extra SNAs
• Hansfield Educate Together National School – c.1 extra SNA

“This is a very important announcement for our schools in Dublin West and shows that the Government continues to invest in education, after years of neglect by previous Fianna Fáil administrations,” Minister Varadkar said.

“Fine Gael continues to provide extra resources for schools, education and services in Dublin 15, to match the needs of the growing community. The additional 860 SNAs allocated across Ireland represent a 7% increase in number of SNAs nationally. We are determined that our recovering economy should benefit everyone in society by promoting an enterprise economy, making work pay, investing in public services, ensuring fair play and a fair go for everyone.

“These SNA positions will be available for allocation between September to December. So this is good news for children, but also good news for local people training to become an SNA who will be looking for a job.

“I was very pleased to hear also that the Government plans to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the SNA scheme under the National Council for Special Education. This will be aimed at providing better outcomes for students with special educational needs and to ensure that we are making the best form of additional investment for children with special needs.

“Fine Gael in Government is determined to ensure our recovering economy will pay dividends for all, particularly the most vulnerable people in society. This is why it is so important that we invest wisely in our children’s futures. This announcement reflects the Programme for Government commitment to ensure that all children with special needs can maximise their potential.”

The NCSE will notify schools in Dublin West of their SNA allocations for the coming 2016/17 school year and will publish details of these allocations on their website www.ncse.ie.