Special Needs Assistant (32hpw) required for Maynooth Post Primary, Maynooth, Co. Kildare - KWSNA/01/JULY21

Maynooth Post Primary School, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 03/08/2021 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 20/07/2021


Job Summary

Kildare and Wicklow ETB invites applications from suitably qualified persons for Special Needs Assistant posts which may arise in the following schools for the academic year 2021/2022

Special Needs Assistant (32hpw) required for Maynooth Post Primary, Maynooth, Co. Kildare - KWSNA/01/JULY21  32 hours per week (2021/2022 School Session).





Pre-1 January 2011 Entrants (Full Time)
26,616 – 27,425 – 28,603 – 29,785 – 30,969 – 31,826 – 32,799 – 33,926 – 34,726 – 35,845 – 36,969 – 39,087 – LSI 40,590

Post-1 January 2011 Entrants (Full Time)
24,602 – 26,218 – 26,616 – 27,425 – 28,603 – 29,785 – 30,969 – 31,826 – 32,799 – 33,926 – 34,726 – 35,845 – 36,969 – 39,087 – LSI 40,590

  • Garda Vetting is Mandatory
  • Qualifications, Salary Scale and Conditions of Service in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Education and Skills.
  • Appointment is to Kildare and Wicklow Educations and Training Board.
  • Shortlisting of applicants may take place Canvassing will disqualify
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • KWETB is positive to disability and an equal opportunities employer.

Applications for this post should be made online before the deadline of 12 noon on Tuesday 3rd August 2021.. If you have any queries, please email recruitment@kwetb.ie or phone :

Kildare Office: Avril Connolly  at 087-7609276 or  Laura McGrath at 0873938059

KWETB Recruitment Competitions consist of a number of different stages. 

Applicants must be successful at each stage before passing through to the next stage of the competition.  The stages in our competition process are as follows:

·        Qualifications Assessment

·        Shortlisting

·        Interview

·        Reference Check

·        Medical Check

Offers of employment will only be made to candidates who have been successful at all stages of the competition process.



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Primary Function:
The SNA provides the necessary non-teaching services to pupils with assessed educational needs. The SNA acts in a care and support role that is non-teaching in nature and works under the guidance and supervision of the Principal and class teacher. The SNA’s primary function is to ensure the care and support needs of the students are met on a daily basis.

Working Relationships:

  •  Principal and school management team.
  •  Members of the teaching staff
  •  Other members of the support staff
  •  ETB Administrative Head Office
  •  Students
  •  Parents
  •  External Support Agencies

The remuneration offered is the SNA scale as determined by the Department of Education & Skills.

Job Objectives

Key Tasks (Circular 12/05 and 30/2014):
The duties involve tasks of a non-teaching nature such as:

1. Preparation and tidying up of classrooms.
2. Assisting pupils to board and alight from school buses. Where necessary travel as escort during school hours on school buses may be required.
3. Special assistance as necessary for pupils with particular difficulties e.g. helping special needs pupils with typing or writing or computers or other use of equipment.
4. Assistance with clothing, feeding, toileting and general hygiene and being mindful of health and safety needs of the pupil.
5. Assisting on out-of-school visits, walks, examinations and similar activities.
6. Assisting the teachers in the supervision of pupils during assembly, recreation and dispersal from the classroom for one reason or another.
7. Accompanying individuals or small groups who may have to be withdrawn temporarily from the classroom for one reason or another.
8. 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 as either substitute or temporary teachers. In no circumstances may they be left in sole charge of a class or group of children).
9. Participation with school development planning, where appropriate, and co-operation with any such changes with policies and practices arising from the school development process.
10. Engagement with parents of special needs pupils in both formal and informal structures as required and directed by school management.
11. Other duties appropriate to the grade as may be determined by the needs of the pupils and the school from time to time. Special Needs Assistants may be re-assigned to other work appropriate to the grade when special needs pupils are absent or when particular urgent work demands arise.

Skills Required

Person Specification/Profile:
Essential Requirements:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to build good relationships with pupils and colleagues/adults.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills.
  • A passion for working with children and the ability to manage groups of pupils.
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviour effectively.
  • Flexibility and creativity.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Good record-keeping and report-writing skills, with ICT skills an advantage.
  • Shows discretion in sensitive situations.
  • The minimum standard of education for appointment to the post of SNA is FETAC Level 3 major qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications, OR a minimum of three grade Ds in the Junior Certificate, OR Equivalent. [Circular 0021/2011]

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