Special needs assistants, that's what!
Don't turn away now, this IS relevant to you, especially if you have a child in school in Ireland. It's relevant to every child in every school. And once again they are under threat, as a new Department of Education circular issued just before Easter is going to make it harder than ever for schools and children to get and keep special needs assistants (SNAs).
Here's why this should matter to you:
1. Is your child starting primary school in September?
There may be NO SNAs in the classroom, as the school may have to prove that a child needs one first. It's hard enough for teachers to manage a class of 30 junior infants, even harder if there are one or more children with special needs who require extra attention and help.