Active Circulars

Active Circulars

Circular 0030/2020
Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Allocations for the 2020/21 School Year for Mainstream Classes in Primary and Primary Schools
April 2020

The following accompanying documentation can be found on the NCSE website on the following link:

  • NCSE 03/2020 NCSE Guidance for schools seeking an Exceptional Review of Mainstream SNA Allocation 2020/21 for schools who perceive they have insufficient SNA resources
  • NCSE FAQ – Exceptional Review of Mainstream SNA allocation 2020/21
  • Application Form for Schools seeking SNA Exceptional Review 2020/21
  • NCSE 04/2020 Guidelines for Schools Appealing Exceptional Review Outcome – Mainstream SNA allocation 2020/21 includes the Grounds for Appeal and Appeal Process (pg 3)
  • Application Form for Schools Appealing Exceptional Review Outcome

Details for Special Schools and Special Classes can be found on
There have been no changes to the way in which SNAs are allocated to special schools or special classes.

  • NCSE 01/2020 NCSE Guidelines for Special Schools 2020/2021
  • NCSE 02/2020 NCSE Guidelines for Mainstream Schools with Special Classes 2020/21

Circular 0029/2020 (PDF)
Post-Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers working with Students with Special Educational Needs (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
April 2020

Circular 0018/2020 (PDF)
Staffing arrangements in Primary Schools for the 2020/21 school year
March 2020

DES FAQ document on Circular 0018/2020 including SET allocation
March 2020

Circular 0018/2020 Appendix C – updated lists of all schools showing the following allocations for the 20/21 school year

  • NCSE hours allocated to each school
  • Fulltime posts and hours available for clustering in each school under SET allocation
  • Permanent EAL allocation for schools with high concentration of pupils that require language support

Circular 0009/2020 (PDF)
Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for teachers working with Pupils with ASD in Special Schools, Special Classes or as Special Education Teachers in mainstream Primary and Post-Primary Schools, 2020/2021
February 2020

Circular 0008/2020 (PDF)
Post-Graduate Diploma Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Special Education Teachers, 2020/2021
February 2020

Circular 0007/2020 (PDF)
Commencement of certain sections of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018 – changes to school admission processes
February 2020

NCSE Circular 4/2019 (PDF)
Request for a Review of Special Education Teaching Supports where an Exceptional Event or Unanticipated Circumstance has materially affected a School’s Profile
October 2019

Circular 0060/2019 (PDF)
Sick Leave Scheme for Special Needs Assistants employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools
October 2019

NCSE Circular 03/2019 (PDF)
Appeal Process for Special Education Teaching Allocations
March 2019

Circular 0007/2019 (PDF)
Special Education Teaching Allocation
February 2019

Guidelines for Primary Schools – Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs (2017)

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