Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Ceisteanna (274)

Mary Butler

Ceist:

274. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will be considered for DEIS status; his plans to conduct a review of schools seeking DEIS status; if the programme will be opened to a new round of applications; his further plans to amend the system to allow applications in order that schools can be more proactive in seeking DEIS status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12606/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department is in the final stages of refinement of the DEIS identification model, based on school enrolment data and the latest data available from Census 2016 under the HP Deprivation Index.

This work is at an advanced stage and the initial phase of the consultation process with education stakeholder representatives on the technical aspects of the refined DEIS ID model has commenced. It is envisaged that this model 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.