Fine Gael refuses to commit to SNA security at St. Christophers Longford- Troy

Fine Gael refuses to commit to SNA security at St. Christophers Longford- Troy

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy was commenting after receiving a response from the Minister for Education and Skills on the security of the SNA allocation at St. Christophers.

“The Minister has once again failed to give security to this vital service. St. Christopher’s are in constant battle with the Department over SNA allocations and deserve assurances that the current allocation will at least be untouched.The Minister is showing a complete lack of respect for the Disability Sector and in particular for the staff and clients of St. Christopher’s. This is an excellent service and must be supported.

“I will continue to fight on their behalf and ensure they are provided with adequate resources and representation”. concluded Troy


Ceist Pharlaiminte

Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to ensure that a school (details
supplied) in County Longford retains its complement of Special Needs Assistants
until the end of 2016..
– Robert Troy.

St. Christopher’s school, Longford

* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016.
Reference Number: 5152/16


Minister Jan O’Sullivan

I wish to advise the Deputy that the National Council for Special Education
(NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs
Organisers (SENOs) for allocating a quantum of Special Needs Assistant (SNA)
support for each school annually, taking into account the assessed care needs
of children qualifying for SNA support.

The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in allocating such support.
The criteria by which SNA support is allocated to pupils is set out in my
Department’s Circular 0030/2014.

It is important to note that each school’s allocation of SNA support can change
from year to year and may be increased or decreased as students who qualify for
SNA support enrol or leave a school. New students with care needs may, or may
not, enrol to replace students who have left, for example, or SNA allocations
may be decreased where a child’s care needs have diminished over time.

To determine SNA supports for the school year 2016/17, all special schools have
been requested to provide all available documentation and details for known new
entrants to the NCSE by 27th April.

Having considered all of the applications made for SNA support, the NCSE will
advise all schools of their SNA allocation for the 2016/17 school year, in
advance of the coming school year.

Details of the mechanism for schools/ parents to appeal a decision in relation
to the allocation of SNA support by the NCSE are available on the NCSE website