Tuesday 18 June 2019

Increase in SNA hours in schools

Brendan Keane

Schools across County Wexford are to get 25 additional Special Needs Assistants from the beginning of the new academic year in September, with hours divided all over the county.

According to Minister Paul Kehoe, who described the news as being great for the county, the allocation is part of the delivery of 800 new SNA posts nationwide from September with a further 140 expected to be allocated before Christmas.

The numbers represent a seven per cent increase on last year and the Government says it's being done to meet the level of demand.

Minister Kehoe said children with special educational needs in Wexford should be given every possible support.

He said the allocation means every child with special needs will receive the assistance necessary to reach their potential.

'[SNAs] in Wexford have continued to play a vital role in helping children with special educational needs,' Minister Kehoe told this newspaper.

He said the extra resources will ensure that every child that needs access to SNA support throughout County Wexford will receive it.

Following implementation of the allocation there will be 15,000 Special Needs Assistants working in schools across the country.

Minister Kehoe said the Government invests €524m in such support annually and that SNAs play a key role in the education system.

It's expected that the National Council for Special Education will notify the relevant schools of their allocation for the school year. Details of the allocations will also be published on the website

The schools set to receive the additional resource hours this year include the following primary schools: SN Bun Cloidi; SN Baile Muirne; Clonroche NS; St Senan's NS; Shielbaggan NS; Ballyoughter NS; Faythe Convent; Caime NS; Convent of Mercy; Marshalstown NS; St Patrick's NS; Glenbrian NS; Court National School; Kilnamanagh NS; SN Mhuire; Curracloe NS; Ballaghkeen NS; Kilmyshall NS; Gusserane NS; St Joseph's NS; St Leonard's NS; Carrigduff NS; Camolin NS; Riverchapel NS; SN Baile Thomais; Oulart NS; Ballycanew NS; Monaseed NS; Tombrack NS; Clologue NS; Ballindaggin NS; Rathgarogue NS; Newbawn NS; Bunscoil Loreto; St Mary's NS; Kilrane NS; Cushenstown NS; SN Bearna Na h-Aille; SN Cill T-Sile; SN Naomh Brighde; SN Clochar Mhuire; Clongeen NS; SN An Gleanna; SN Phadraig; SN Cul Greine; SN Baile Ui Coileain; Scoil na mBraithre; SN Chaomhain Torrchoill; SN Padraig; SN Clochar Mhuire; SN Fionntain; SN Mhaodhoig; SN Treasa; SN Caislean Dochraill; SN Abbain; SN Naomh Seosaimh; SN Baile Fada; St Garvan's NS; St Joseph's NS; St Oliver's NS; SN Rath an Iubhair; Galbally NS; Scoil Ghormain Naofa; SN Mhuire; SN Seosamh Nfa; St Mary's NS; SN Mhuire; SN Coill An Iarainn; SN Mhuire; Davidstown Primary School; SN Cill Damhain; Fionntain Nfa NS; SN Raithin; Scoil Naomh Ioseph; SN Moin Na gCaor; SN Padraig NFA; Boolavogue NS; SN Catriona Nfa; SN Baile An Phiarsaigh; SN Bhaile Mhuirne; Ballyduff National School; Castlebridge NS; St Edan's NS; St Iberius NS; SN Na Scrine; Rathangan NS; Sc Nais Realta Na Mara; Gorey Central School; Ramsgrange NS; Scoil Mhuire; Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts; Scoil Mhuire; Naomh Maodhog NS; St Aidan's Parish School; Gaelscoil Loch Garman; Gaelscoil Inis Corthaidh; Gaelscoil Mhoshiolos; Gorey Educate Together NS; Wexford Educate Together NS; New Ross Educate Together School; Bunscoil Nic Amhlaid; Bunscoil Ris.

The secondary schools list is comprised of: FCJ Secondary School; St Mary's CBS; Colaiste Bride; CBS; Good Counsel College; St Mary's Secondary School; Our Lady of Lourdes; CBS Secondary School; St Peter's College; Loreto Secondary School; Presentation Secondary School; Meánscoil Gharman; Coláiste Abbain; Bridgetown Vocational College; Vocational College Bunclody; Vocational School; Colaiste an Atha; Kennedy College, New Ross; Selskar College; Creagh College; Ramsgrange Community School; Gorey Community School.

St Patrick's Special School and Our Lady of Fatima school will also receive additional SNA hours this year.

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