of over additional Special Needs Assistants to schools in Dublin for the coming year.
The allocation is part of a national provision of 975 additional Special Needs Assistants which will be available for allocation to schools over the period September to December 2017, a 7.5% increase, in order to meet the level of assessed demand.
Fitzgerald said: “This increase reflects the growing participation of children with special educational needs in our local schools and will support their full participation and progression within the educational system.
“Today’s announcement reflects the Government’s commitment to ensure that all children with special educational needs can maximise their potential. I am in regular discussion with my Cabinet colleague, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, highlighting the need for extra supports for children with special needs in local schools.
“The extra posts announced today will ensure that every child that needs access to SNA support in schools across Lucan, Palmerstown, Clondalkin and the Four Districts can receive this support.
“The aim of this Government is to continue to use our economic success to ensure that children with special educational needs can be supported to fully participate in schools and fulfil their potential. The increase in total investment in this area has been more than 30% since 2011.It is essential that we continue to provide for children with special educational needs in our local schools so they can reach their full potential.
“Furthermore the NCSE are conducting comprehensive work to examine whether the current SNA scheme represents the best possible means of supporting the additional needs of children with special needs. This Government is committed to providing the best possible outcomes for the children and students in this area, and this process is the best way of ensuring that we deliver on that.
“Special needs assistants have continued to play a key role in helping children to participate and progress. The extra posts announced today will ensure that every child that needs access to SNA support can receive this support. That is my priority.
The NCSE will now proceed to notify schools of their SNA allocations for the coming 2017/18 school year and will publish details of these allocations on their website www.ncse.ie today.