Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ceisteanna (118, 119)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

118. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of designating ten, 20, 30, 40 and 50 schools as DEIS band 2, in tabular form. [46751/19]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

119. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of designating ten, 20, 30, 40 and 50 schools as DEIS band 1, in tabular form. [46752/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 and 119 together.

In 2019 my Department will spend in the region of €125 million on the 891 schools participating in the programme. Further expenditure is incurred by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on the School Meals Programme and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the School Completion Programme. The full list of supports available to DEIS schools is available on my Department's website at the following link www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/DEIS-Delivering-Equality-of-Opportunity-in-Schools-/deis-supports-to-deis-schools-effective-from-2017-2018-school-year.pdf.

It is not possible to definitively provide the total cost of designating a further group of schools as Band 1 or Band 2 as the costs will vary from school to school depending on enrolment and the levels of disadvantage in individual schools.

In the 2019/20 school year, the spend on DEIS is spread across 891 schools participating in the DEIS Programme. The composition is as follows:

Primary Urban Band 1 - 231

Primary Urban Band 2 - 104

Primary Rural - 358

Post Primary - 198