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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 November 2021

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Questions (101, 126, 170)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

101. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Education when additional schools will be able to seek DEIS status; if there is flexibility to allow schools DEIS status in certain circumstances; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57219/21]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

126. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education the status of the roll-out of the expansion of DEIS as committed to in Budget 2022. [57259/21]

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Claire Kerrane

Question:

170. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Education the status of the work of the DEIS technical group; if schools will be able to seek DEIS status for 2022 given the funding was made available in Budget 2022 to expand same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57218/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 101, 126 and 170 together.

Budget 2022 has provided for an allocation of €18million for 2022 and €32million for 2023 to extend the DEIS programme to further schools with the highest levels of disadvantage. This represents an increase of over 20% in funding for the DEIS programme and will enable an expansion in 2022 of the programme to further schools.

This package follows an extensive body of work which has been under taken by the DEIS technical group in relation to the development of a model to identify the concentrated levels of disadvantage of schools. The refined model is an objective, statistics based process, based on school enrolment data and data available from Census 2016 under the HP Deprivation Index.

This work involved an initial process of consultation by my Department with the education partners on the technical aspects of the model. Over the coming weeks, there will be further consultation with relevant stakeholders to outline the components of the model. The purpose is to ensure that, as far as possible, the refined DEIS identification model can provide an objective and independent means of identifying schools serving high concentrations of pupils at risk of educational disadvantage and also to ensure there is a full understanding of the refined model and its potential application.

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