New circular on post fragmentation
Post fragmentation is where a post is sub-divided into smaller units. The union has long voiced concerns with such an approach to allocations, and has advocated for as many SNA posts as possible to be full time.
What, though, does the circular say?
Each year, the Department of Education and Skills revises and reissues the circular governing allocations. The latest circular, 30 of 2019, can be accessed here.
Section 17 states that where a school gains an extra allocation, it should generally follow the agreed protocol. Specifically, the additional posts should be offered to existing SNAs in order of seniority to bring them up to full time in the first instance.
Are there circumstances where this agreed protocol is not followed?
Yes – but the circumstances are very, very limited.
A special education needs organiser (SENO) may recommend that an allocation should be split in a certain way. This recommendation may not always follow the circular.
If this happens, the SENO will write to the school outlining the change. This must be provided to any SNA that is in this situation, they must give you the written determination from the SENO.
- Normally, a new allocation is offered, on the basis of seniority, to SNAs who don’t have full time hours
- In exceptional circumstances, a SENO may give a reasoned recommendation that the allocation be ‘fragmented’ differently
- Where this happens, the SNA it affects must be given a copy of the recommendation (the SNA shouldn’t have to ask for it).
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