Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (160)

Gary Gannon


160. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Education if she will review the non-DEIS status of a school (details supplied) in view of the high number of other DEIS status schools in the area serving the same catchment area and in view of the fact that the school serves a number of vulnerable children, which is evident by their participation in the schools completion programme and school meals scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7791/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department is in the final stages of refinement of the new DEIS identification model, based on school enrolment data and the latest data available from Census 2016 using the HP Deprivation Index. A detailed analysis of the data has been carried out by members of the DEIS Technical Group which contains representatives of the Department’s Statistics and Social Inclusion Units, the Inspectorate and the Educational Research Centre. The work of this group is at an advanced stage and a consultation process with education stakeholder representatives on the technical aspect and implementation of this model has commenced. It is envisaged that this 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.