From September the number of SNAs supporting pupils at primary, secondary and special schools across Galway will rise from 738 for the current school year to 771 for the 2017/18 school year – an increased allocation of 33 extra Special Needs Assistants for Galway.
At primary level the number of SNAs will rise from 458.5 to 477.36 – an increase of almost 19. At secondary level the number of SNAs supporting pupils will rise from 158.75 to 169.5 – an increase of ten. Meanwhile, pupils at special schools in Galway will receive support from almost 125 SNAs which is an increase of four.
SNAs are allocated to pupils as opposed to schools and provide vital support and assistance to pupils helping them to participate and reach their educational potential.
The extra SNAs for Galway are part of an additional 975 nationally bringing to almost 14,000 the number of SNAs supporting pupils who have additional educational needs across the country. The allocation, confirmed by my colleague, Minister for Education, Richard Burton TD, represents an investment of €458 million in the SNA scheme.
With this increased investment the number of SNAs supports pupils has increased by almost one third since 2011 with the Fine Gael-led Partnership Government committed to ensuring that every pupil who needs additional support at school receives it.
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