Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (568)

Dara Calleary


568. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the DEIS status of a school (details supplied); if this status will be affected by an amalgamation with another school; if so, the reason the DEIS status may be affected in view of the fact the demographics of the area remain the same; the avenues of appeal available in the event of a change in DEIS status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33595/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department’s position, taking into account the current DEIS status of the individual schools, is that on amalgamation, the newly amalgamated school will be granted DEIS status.

In terms of future DEIS designation, the amalgamated school will be assessed on the same basis as every other school in the country with resources being allocated accordingly. Any changes in identification methodology applied to DEIS schools nationally will apply to the amalgamated school.

Officials from my Department have been in correspondence with relevant stakeholders to confirm the position in relation to DEIS status.

Question No. 569 answered with Question No. 567.