Education is the fastest growing division in the union, representing a wide range of non-teaching staff including SNA’s, schools secretaries and staff in the National Education Training Boards.

There are 10,000 members in this division, and 9 branches. The braches include SNA ND/NL; SNA SD/SL; SNA Munster; SNA Connaught/Ulster; National Education & Training Boards; School Comp Programme; School Secretaries; Education No. 1 and Institutes of Technology.

The main issues arising in this division are around job and income security, abuse of the JobBridge scheme in schools, staffing and structures, addressing issues in educational disadvantage and upcoming IT mergers.

Contacting your union:

Your first port of call if you have a question is your workplace rep.

If you don’t know who your rep is, you can contact your local branch.

Latest Education News


Budget 2018: €625 million extra needed to achieve acceptable childcare and early education standards

The Government should allocate an extra €125 million in next year’s Budget, and at least €625 million extra over the next five years, to ensure that Ireland meets the OECD average spend on early childhood care and education by 2022, according to IMPACT. []


World expert in autism to speak in Ireland

Dr Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most iconic scientists, who has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of people with autism, along with their families. She will share her experiences and insights at the Nexus Stadium, Cork Institute of Technology, between 2.30pm and 5.00pm on Friday 18th August 2017. []


Special education spending “an investment, not a cost,” says SNA union

Spending on special education is an investment, not a cost, according to the union that represents the country’s special needs assistants (SNAs). Responding to media reports of “alarm” in Government over the cost of special education, IMPACT official Barry Cunningham said ministers should be proud, rather than alarmed, that Ireland is now spending more on special education than in the past. []


Special needs assistants threaten industrial action over job security

Thousands of special needs assistants (SNAs) will ballot for industrial action immediately at the start the new school year because of the Government’s failure, for the fourth year running, to announce SNA allocations before the end of the 2017 summer term. []


Delayed publication of SNA allocations “ridiculous” – IMPACT

IMPACT trade union has described the ongoing delay, by the Department of Education and Skills, to publish the Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) allocations for the 2017-2018 school year, as ‘ridiculous’. []


Education promotion process revised

collegeA newly established ‘education and training sector candidate pool’ is to underpin promotion competitions for serving staff at grades III to VII in education and training boards and institutes of technology. The new arrangements, negotiated with IMPACT, will see 20% of vacancies in grade V, VI and VII posts filled by open competition. []