Madigan to introduce new SNA system within a year

Every school will be allocated a certain number of special needs assistants under ‘fairer, more equitable’ scheme, says minister

27th September, 2020
Madigan to introduce new SNA system within a year
Josepha Madigan: pledging to change system Picture: Fergal Phillips

Josepha Madigan, the new Minister for Special Education, has pledged to change the system for allocating special needs assistants within a year as the current model is “not sustainable”.

The new model for allocating 17,000 special needs assistants to schools was due to begin this month, but was pushed back for a year by Joe McHugh, the former Minister for Education, due to the Covid-19 crisis.

It will give every school a certain number...

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