SNA Start of School Survey 2020
We had tremendous response to our first SNA start of school survey last year.
(You can read the outcomes here:
This year, we are repeating the survey, to see how (if) things are changing (hopefully for the better).
This information is taken anonymously, however we have added the option to put in your email if you wish. We have also added a couple of questions around Covid-19 and how you feel about returning to school in the new year.
The first few questions are simply to help us better identify where you are right now, and how prepared you are for the year ahead.
You can be located in any part of Ireland so please share this survey once you have completed it.
How long have you been an SNA
This is my first year
1 -2 Years
Over 21 Years
Do you know the pupil(s) you will be supporting this coming year?
Know them, and have supported them in the past.
Know them, but have not directly worked with them in the past
Don't know them (in my role as SNA), but know them through other avenues, e.g. Association or parent groups
Don't know them, but have been told what their abilities and challenges are, and have had access to relevant documents, e.g. SLT reports, OT assessments, Psych etc.
Don't know them, but have been told what their abilities and challenges are.
Have not been told which pupil(s) or their challenges that I will be supporting yet.
Do you feel ready to support the pupil(s) you will be working with this year?
This is intentionally a 'Yes' or 'No' answer. It is just generally your gut instinct as of right now, filling out this form.
What is the biggest challenge you feel you will face this year?
Forget Covid-19 for this answer. (We have additional questions on Covid-19 only at the end). This is just to help understand the normal challenges we face! :)
Do you regularly attend Professional Development course as an SNA?
If you answered YES: -Who pays for these courses?
I pay for it myself
I pay for it myself and always get paid back
I pay for it myself and sometimes get it paid back
The school I work in always pays
If you answered NO: -, what is the reason?
Please check any and all that apply.
They are too expensive
They don't take place at times I can attend
I can't get time off, or time in lieu
There are no courses available to address the challenges I or the pupil I support face
What type of challenge(s) does the pupil(s) you are supporting this year have?
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Do you feel there is enough information out there for SNAs on supporting pupils with the above?
There is some, but it is not specific enough
What courses would you like to see?
This link here
will give you an indication of the current courses. If there are other topics you feel would assist, please note them below as we are compiling the next wave of content to be added before Christmas 2020.
What are your feelings about returning to school in September?
Looking forward to it
Any thoughts or concerns about returning in September?
Do you feel that your school will be prepared for returning in September (based on what you know now?)
For your role as an SNA, is there anything you think you would need extra to help you in the coming year due to Covid-19 precautions?
Are you or your school, a member of Education Nation Special Needs Training system?
Would you recommend Education Nation to your school?
Thank you for taking the time to complete this. All your answers are anonymous. If you want to hightlight or discuss something with us, either an idea for a course you want to deliver yourself that you feel would help your colleagues, or a suggestion to improve to make this more useful to SNAs, please email Joe at
Do you wish to leave your name and email? If so please add it here. If not, no worries. :)
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