The Changing Roles of Teaching Assistants in England and Special Needs Assistants in Ireland: A Comparison.


  • Áine O'Neill
  • Richard Rose


Teaching Assistants, Special Needs Assistants, SNA, Roles, Inclusion, Inclusive Education


In the discourse on how to deploy additional adults towards the achievement of classroom learning environments that are more inclusive in Ireland, a comparative study with England is useful. This article gives an account of a completed element of a wider study comparing the work of teaching assistants in England with that of special needs assistants in Ireland. While the two educational contexts differ systemically and developmentally, many of the variables at play on this issue are common to both.


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How to Cite

O’Neill, Áine, & Rose, R. (2021). The Changing Roles of Teaching Assistants in England and Special Needs Assistants in Ireland: A Comparison. REACH: Journal of Inclusive Education in Ireland, 22(1), 48–58. Retrieved from