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May 2017

Circular 0042/2017: Recruitment of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) - Supplementary Assignment Arrangements for the 2017/18 school year

The purpose of this Circular is to notify managerial authorities and SNAs of supplementary assignment arrangements for SNAs for the 2017/18 school year.

To address the issue of casualisation of employment amongst SNAs, where a school/ETB has an additional allocation of SNA hours/posts (e.g. an additional allocation of SNA hours/posts or an SNA has left the employment) then that additional allocation of hours/posts must be offered to any existing part-time SNAs in that school, in order of seniority, before the employer has recourse to these arrangements. This means that before an employer opts to recruit a further person as an SNA(s), they must ensure that all existing part-time SNAs in their employment, in order of seniority, have been offered a full-time position in the school or, in the case of ETBs, a full-time position in a school within the ETB scheme.

 Full details are in Section 15 of the Circular.

Circulars or regulations governing the recruitment of SNAs are taken to be amended only to the extent outlined in this Circular. Accordingly, employers should continue to follow existing procedures on recruitment of SNAs subject to the inclusion of the following measures to facilitate the operation of these supplementary assignment arrangements for SNAs. In the case of primary and special schools this is in accordance with Appendix H of the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015-2019, or any revision of same that is applicable at that time.

This circular replaces and supersedes Circular 0035/2016.

Download Circular 0042/2017


Date: Friday, 26 May 17