Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Ceisteanna (244)

David Cullinane


244. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will be supported for DEIS status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4792/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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 quality 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 of this model is in progress. 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.

Question No. 245 answered with Question No. 243.