DSI was represented at the recent consultation on a proposed new model of SNA allocation, along with representatives of other non -government organisations, the Department of Education & Skills, the NCSE and NEPS.

Under the proposed new model, no school will lose their current SNA allocation, with in excess of 500 schools set to have an increase in their current SNA allocation.  Allowances will also be made for any school should pupil needs change or if a new pupil is enrolled in the school. There will be an appeals process within the new model if schools feel that they will have insufficient SNA support. Similarly, parents will have a formal appeal process if their child is not granted access to SNA support. Guidelines will be issued to schools and a comprehensive training programme for SNAs and schools will be initiated over the next few years.

Inspectors will monitor all schools to ensure that schools utilize their allocation correctly.

DSI will be making a submission on the proposed new model and we welcome feedback from our members to inform this.

Take a few moments to complete our survey (by Friday, February 28th) which you can access at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JLZ2M5 

For additional information, please refer to the Department of Education & Skills website www.education.ie