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Special Needs Assistant - SNA

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

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Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, jobs requiring you to deal with the public would benefit from previous experience working directly with the public.

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Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

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€20k > 38
Special Needs Assistant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 38
Related Information:
Full-time SNAs work on a salary scale that starts at €20,869 (€23,188 if they started after 2011), rising to a maximum of €33,605 (or €37,339) after 15 years' service from the date of first appointment.
Data Source(s):
Department of Education and Skills Circular 004/2011

Last Updated: February, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Special needs assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.


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Special Needs Assistants (SNA) are recruited specifically to assist in the care of pupils with disabilities in an educational context. They may be appointed to a special school or a mainstream national school to assist school authorities in making suitable provision for a pupil or pupils with special care needs arising from a disability.

  • Preparation and tidying up of classroom(s) in which the pupil(s) with special needs is/are being taught.
  • Assisting children to board and alight from school buses. Where necessary travel as escort on school buses may be required.
  • Special assistance as necessary for pupils with particular difficulties e.g. helping physically disabled pupils with typing or writing.
  • Assistance with clothing, feeding, toileting and general hygiene.
  • Assisting on out-of-school visits, walks and similar activities.
  • Assisting the teachers in the supervision of pupils with special needs during assembly, recreational and dispersal periods.
  • Accompanying individuals or small groups who may have to be withdrawn temporarily from the classroom.
  • General assistance to the class teachers, under the direction of the Principal, with duties of a non-teaching nature. (Special Needs Assistants may not act either as substitute or temporary teachers. In no circumstances may they be left in sole charge of a class).
  • Where a Special Needs Assistant has been appointed to assist a school in catering for a specific pupil, duties should be modified to support the particular needs of the pupil concerned.


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To be a special needs teaching assistant, you would need to have:

  • an interest in education and in working with children
  • good communication and 'people' skills
  • the ability to work well as part of a team
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • tact and sensitivity
  • a responsible attitude
  • patience
  • the ability to be firm when necessary
  • willingness to help with children's personal care needs.

An ability to speak local community languages could also be useful for some jobs.


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Organisation: Department of Education and Skills
Address: Marlborough St, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 889 6400
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