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Ministers Foley and Naughton publish Report on the National Survey of Special Needs Assistants

24 June 2024

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion, Government Chief Whip Hildegarde Naughton TD have today published the Report on the National Survey of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs).

In preparation of the first ever SNA Workforce Development Plan, the Department of Education sought the views of the SNA workforce on matters relevant to their role.

The survey points to a SNA workforce which is well qualified and enjoys high levels of job satisfaction, but which is also stressed by their frontline role. The survey results generally indicate positive relationships between respondents and school staff, including principals, teachers, and other SNAs. However, almost half of the SNAs surveyed report that they do not receive any feedback on their performance.

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From Department of Education, Published on 24 June 2024

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