Dundalk as it Happens
19 new SNA posts announced for schools in Louth
An additional 19 Special Needs Assistant posts have been announced for schools in Co Louth.
The new roles will be available from September to December 2017 in order to meet the level of assessed demand in the area.
News of the new posts was announced this afternoon by local TD Fergus O’Dowd, following confirmation of them Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD, who also said that the new St Mary’s Special School in Drumcar would be progressing with a site for the project now identified.
The majority of the posts will be based in primary schools (14.4), with secondary schools gaining 3.5 and special needs schools gaining one.
Deputy O’Dowd said: “Minister Bruton has confirmed to me this afternoon that SNA posts in county Louth will increase from 374.84 to 393.75 from September of this year.
“This increase shows the support the Minister is delivering to children with special educational needs, to further their participation and progression within the educational system.
“Locally I am also trying to progress the provision of the New St Marys Special School and after recent disappointment on the previous preferred site, the Minister has also confirmed to me that a preferred site to accommodate the St Ita’s and St Mary’s Special Schools has now been identified, and that the Department has recently requested the Council to engage with the landowner in respect of this site.
“The Minister also reported to me that following the recent receipt of a progress report from the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), on the Comprehensive Assessment of the SNA Scheme currently being undertaken by the NCSE, he has requested the NCSE to establish a working group, comprising relevant stakeholders, to assist in proposing an improved model for providing care supports to provide the best possible outcomes for students with special educational needs who have additional care needs.”
Information on which schools are set to benefit from the new SNAs has yet to be announced.