50 extra SNAs for Carlow since 2011.

30th March, 2018

There are 50 extra Special Needs Assistants in Carlow since 2011, according to local Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering.
Deputy Deering said ensuring that children with special educational needs are supported and given the opportunity to reach their full potential is a key priority for Fine Gael in government.
“This is a very welcome trend here in Carlow and is continuing to benefit school children who need extra support.
“The current allocation of 183 SNA’s , an increase of eight on last year, means every local child who needs an SNA has one.
“This makes a world of difference to these children and their families in our community.”
Deputy Deering continued: “In 2018, almost €1.8 billion will be invested in Special Education, nearly one fifth of the overall Education budget, and up 43% since 2011.
“During the worst years of the recession, when public spending was cut across the board, we not only protected supports for children with special educational needs but grew them.
“Since 2011, the increase in SNAs has been 3,545, including an additional 2,080 posts in the last two years.
“This was not only good news for children requiring support- it also created jobs for local people who have now become an integral and valued part of our school communities.
“I’d also like to welcome the fact that the number of resource teachers has increased by 3,660 nationally since 2011, including 1,600 additional posts in the past two years.
“The number of special classes has risen by 712 since 2011, including 277 new classes in the past two years.
“There are now 1,300 special classes in place, of which 130 are ASD Early Intervention Classes, 822 are primary Special Classes and 348 are Post Primary Special Classes.
“The number of students in special classes has almost doubled from 3,286 in 2011 to 6,392 in the 2016/17 school year.
“This reflects the priority which Fine Gael has put on creating a brighter future for children with Special Educational Needs and helping them to achieve their full potential.”