What is the role of the Special Needs Assistant (SNA)?

In general terms the SNA acts in a care and support role that is non-teaching in nature and works under the guidance and supervision of the Principal and/or class teacher. The role and duties of the SNA are more clearly defined in DES Circular 10/76 and Circular 07/02. An overview of the role is provided in the Professional Development area of the website (click here for the Professional Development area of the website).

How do I become an SNA and what is the salary?

Information about becoming an SNA, salary, conditions of employment and so forth are available on the DES website (click here for the relevant area of the DES website)

Where can SNAs locate information on training?

Three Colleges of Education – St. Angela’s College in Sligo, Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, and Church of Ireland College, Rathmines – in conjunction with the Education Centre network, have formulated and delivered officially recognised training courses for existing SNAs. Please check the colleges, Education Centre of the College and Universities Courses section of the website for currently avilable courses.

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