Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (504)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

504. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education if consideration will be given to granting DEIS status to a school (details supplied) that is serving a disadvantaged area of Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38413/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department is in the final stages of refinement of the DEIS identification model, based on school enrolment data and the latest data available from Census 2016 under the HP Deprivation Index.

This work is at an advanced stage and the initial phase of the consultation process with education stakeholder representatives on the technical aspects of the refined DEIS ID model has commenced. It is envisaged that this model will then provide the basis for development of a DEIS resource allocation system to match resources to identified need.

I am confident that the culmination of this work will facilitate the ultimate aim of matching resources to identified need and will allow us to target extra resources at those schools most in need. Until this work is complete, it is not intended to extend the DEIS programme to any further schools.