Councillor Declan leddin has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn that the Government has ring-fenced the money needed to maintain SNA and Resource Teacher numbers.
“I welcome the also the increase in resources for certain schools in Co Offaly. It is vital that we place greater emphasis on children who have special needs and to ensure that we continue to provide education, skill sets and life skills in tandem with family care through a mainstream classroom setting,” said Cllr Leddin.
He continued, “we need to make sure that children and young people with special needs are getting the best possible outcomes with the valuable but limited resources we have available to us. “
A total of 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) SNA posts will be available to schools which need them in the coming school year. This is the same number of posts that was available last year.
On the basis of the valid applications received, 10,311 SNA posts will be allocated to schools immediately. This leaves a balance of 264 posts which can be provided throughout the school year for new assessments of disability, new entrants, emergency or late applications.
Based on the experience of last year, it is estimated that these 264 posts should be sufficient to meet any emergency demands
During the 2011/12 school year there were a total of 9,950 WTE Resource Teacher and Learning Support posts. This included 5,500 Resource Teacher posts to support children, including those with more complex Special Educational Needs. These numbers of posts will be maintained for the 2012/2013 school year.
The number of valid applications received for the 2012/2013 school year to date is higher than last
In order to ensure there are sufficient remaining posts to make allocations for late or emergency applications, while staying within the ECF, the NCSE will initially allocate 85% of assessed needs to schools.