7th February 2020
The INTO was recently informed that the outgoing Government decided to introduce a new allocation model for SNAs for September 2020. The new allocation model, known as the School Inclusion Model, is currently being piloted in 75 schools (primary, post-primary and special). The new allocation model would mean that schools would not have to apply for SNAs. Schools would be allocated SNAs based on their current profile.
The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has indicated that under the proposed new model no school would have fewer SNAs than they currently have. Given the lateness of the government decision , the fact that the current pilot scheme in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow has not been properly evaluated and the inadequate consultation with stakeholders, including the INTO, this union has asked DES to delay the introduction of the new SNA allocation model. However, it appears that the DES is working on the basis that the new allocation model will apply for the coming school year.
The INTO believes that real engagement with stakeholders must be the bedrock of all policy formation. INTO calls on the DES to listen to and respond to the concerns expressed by all stakeholders on foot of this decision by government.