Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Special Educational Needs

Photo of Donnchadh Ó LaoghaireDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein)
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156. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the roll-out of the front-loading allocation model of special needs assistants; and if she will publish the criteria used to determine this allocation. [23696/22]

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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In December 2019, Government approved the national roll out of a new front-loading model for the allocation of Special Needs Assistant (SNAs) support to primary and post-primary schools for students in mainstream classes, as part of the phased roll out of the School Inclusion Model (SIM).

Unfortunately, due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 public health crisis, it was not possible to implement the new allocation model for the 2020/21 school year.

Working is ongoing on the allocation model and all stakeholders will be advised when the SNA allocation process has been completed and this will be done in line with previous years in May.

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