An additional 26 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) will be allocated to Wexford schools in September, bringing the total number of SNAs to 475 locally, with Primary Schools getting 18, Post Primary Schools getting five and Special Schools getting three.
Minister Michael D’Arcy said: “The aim of this Government is to ensure that children with special educational needs can be supported to fully participate in schools and fulfil their potential.
“Special Needs Assistants play a key role in ensuring this and I would like to firstly take this opportunity to pay credit to the fantastic work that they do in schools across Wexford.
“Today’s announcement will ensure every child who needs SNA support in Wexford will receive it.”
In July 2017, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. gave a commitment that funding for SNA posts would be dealt with as part of the normal Estimates’ process, meaning that schools would be informed of their allocation for the beginning of the next school year before the end of May 2018.
Minister Bruton said: “More children with Special Educational Needs are participating than ever before and we are investing more than ever before to support this. In 2018 my Department will invest in the region of €1.75 billion in special education, almost one fifth of the entire education budget and 39% increase on 2011.”