‘Galway has highest levels of Special Education supports outside of Dublin and Cork’
Galway has the highest levels of Special Education supports outside the main population centres of Dublin and Cork recent figures published by the National Council for Special Education reveal.
At primary level Galway has 365 Special Needs Assistants with a further 101 providing crucial support at Special National Schools. This is enhanced with the allocation of over 5,400 resource teaching hours to Galway’s primary schools. At secondary level 133 SNAs support Galway students with the figures also showing a total of 2,600 resource teaching hours being allocated to Galway secondary schools.
Commented Galway West Deputy, Seán Kyne: “Despite the value for money review which was necessitated by the financial and economic crisis the Government has been able to ring-fence nearly €350 million of funding this year to provide for over 10,500 Special Needs Assistants.
“This is the first time the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has published these statistics on its website and the figures for Galway are encouraging and demonstrate that significant levels of support are being maintained despite the considerable constraints on resources.”
“The NCSE and the Department are now examining the allocation of the 475 SNA posts which were retained at the start of the school year to cover emergency cases, appeals and new school entrants. So there is an opportunity for Galway schools to receive additional support, if necessary, and applications should be made in the usual way.”