Deputy Michael Lowry has expressed his concerns that Tipperary Schools have lost out on the allocation of additional SNA posts in the recent review by the National Council for Special Education. Figures just published by the NCSE highlight the fact that no secondary schools in Tipperary have been allocated additional SNA posts whilst primary schools across the County have in fact lost out and have seen a reduction in the number of posts originally allocated in June of this year.
Deputy Lowry explained that
“An additionally allocation of SNA posts is made in November to allow schools time to assess the needs of their students and put forward applications. It seems that Tipperary has not received its fair share of the additional SNA posts that have been made available through the NCSE. Nationally 103 posts were made available yet Tipperary overall took a hit and saw their allocation reduce by part of an SNA post. It is unbelievable that a county the size of Tipperary has in fact had its allocation reduced.”
“These cuts will have a devastating impact on the pupils who were availing of this assistance and will have a huge impact on the classroom generally. SNA’s are an essential assistance and support to those pupils who require some additional help and some one on one attention. They play a vital role in ensuring that all pupils are afforded the best possible opportunity to advance and learn to the best of their abilities. Additionally they are a huge benefit to a teacher and aid the smooth running of the classroom and help minimise disruptions. In my constituency office,
“I regularly meet distressed parents who are attempting to secure SNA hours for their child and speak of the huge practical and positive impact these SNA’s have on smoothing the often difficult journey through school. I am hugely disappointed therefore to learn that SNA posts across Tipperary have now been reduced.”