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Disadvantaged Status.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 17 May 2005

Tuesday, 17 May 2005

Ceisteanna (354)

Kathleen Lynch

Ceist:

355 Ms Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will consider designating full disadvantage classification to schools (details supplied); if her attention has been drawn to the fact that all other schools in the immediate catchment area have this classification; that all cater for an identical population with similar needs and that the social conditions prevailing in the catchment area require a range of additional supports for children and families; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16239/05]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

All the schools referred to by the Deputy are included in the disadvantaged areas scheme, DAS, and the Giving Children an Even Break, GCEB, programme. Under the disadvantaged areas scheme all the schools benefit from additional capitation grants of €38.09per capita, a refund of the television licence fee and eligibility for 95% building grants for building projects. Designated disadvantaged schools are included in the home school community liaison scheme and each school has access to the services of a home school community liaison co-ordinator.

The Giving Children an Even Break programme subsumes the previous process of designation of schools that serve areas of educational disadvantage and my Department's approach is now refined to ensure that individual "at risk" pupils are targeted. Instead of the old method of designating additional schools, under this scheme my Department provides support that is commensurate with the levels of concentration in schools of pupils with characteristics that are associated with educational disadvantage and early school leaving.

All of the schools referred to by the Deputy are included in the urban dimension of Giving Children an Even Break. The schools are benefiting from supplementary funding to provide additional educational supports for the children concerned. Four of the seven schools are considered eligible for additional teaching staff, based on the level of concentration of "at risk" pupils within the schools. All schools retained their entitlements under the disadvantaged areas scheme in addition to resources allocated under Giving Children an Even Break

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