The following SNA allocation arrangements will apply for the 2022/23 school year:
a) The SNA allocations for mainstream classes in schools on 31st May 2022 will be maintained for 2022/23. This will provide greater certainty for schools.
b) A process for schools, whereby if they consider their SNA allocation is in excess of the required care needs, to engage with the NCSE. Schools should contact their local NCSE Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO) to commence the process.
c) The exceptional review process undertaken by NCSE will remain in place throughout the 2022/23 school year, where schools can seek a review of their SNA allocations which will result in one of the following outcomes:
i. No change in the level of care need identified (and no change in the resultant SNA allocation);
ii. Increase in the level of care need identified (which if significant would see an increase in the SNA allocations to the schools);
iii. Decrease in level of care need identified in the school (which if significant would result in a reduction in SNA allocations as the care need could be managed with less resources than are currently allocated);
In relation to outcome ii) and iii), the SNA allocation will be adjusted at the end of the relevant school term.
iv. The NCSE will develop over the summer period criteria for a rolling programme of targeted reviews of SNA mainstream allocations which would be strategic in nature and would help ensure that the SNAs are allocated to schools with students who have the greatest level of significant care needs The pilot of the targeted review process will commence in the 2022/23 school year. Full details of the process will be issued to all schools prior to the start of the 2022/23 school year by the NCSE.
The NCSE will publish allocations on its website www.ncse.ie.
New Circular published:
A new circular 35/2022 covering the allocation of SNAs for 2022/23 has issued to schools. The circular outlines:
Arrangement for the allocation of mainstream SNAs for the 2022/23 school year
Exceptional review process for mainstream SNA allocations