Updated: 18/05/18 : 09:49:20
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Almost 1,000 new Special Needs Assistants to be appointed this year

Education Minister Richard Bruton has confirmed schools will get almost 1,000 additional Special Needs Assistants from September.

An extra 140 will be allocated by the end of this year.

Richard Bruton says the Government wants to ensure that children with special educational needs are given every opportunity to fulfil their full potential.

He stated, "This Government is committed to ensuring that children with special educational needs are supported and given every opportunity to fulfil their full potential. Special Needs Assistants play a key role in supporting children who have additional care needs to attend school and participate in education. Today’s announcement will ensure every child who needs SNA support, will receive it. "

"This increased investment reflects the priority which the government has put on helping children with special educational needs to fulfil their potential. It also reflects the growing participation of children with special educational needs in the education system and the capacity of our education system to better support their full participation and progression. In 2011, 22,284 children had access to SNA support, with today’s announcement, an estimated 36,000 pupils will receive such support."