13 February, 2017 - 79 new schools to be added to DEIS Programme

30 schools already in DEIS to receive additional resources

The DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) Plan 2017, was published by Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD earlier today, Monday 13 February 2017.

Every child has to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their circumstances. Education has a unique capacity to break down the cycles of disadvantage.

Our overall goal is to make Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade. Today’s Plan is about being the best at using the potential of the education system to break down those cycles of disadvantage through improved educational outcomes.

The Plan builds on the experiences of existing DEIS schools and draws on international best practice.  It sets out new targets to:

  • Further improve literacy and numeracy
  • Improve school completion rates
  • Improve progression to further and higher education

The overall aim of the DEIS Plan 2017 is to build on the experiences of existing DEIS schools to inform effective ways in which the education system can help to break down cycles of disadvantage through improved identification of schools and calibrating supports to assist those pupils most at risk gain real and lasting benefits from their education.

The new DEIS school support programme will be implemented from September 2017.

Further engagement with education partners and other stakeholders is ongoing to ensure successful delivery of the goals contained in DEIS Plan 2017.

In the initial analysis a list of schools with the highest concentrations of at risk pupils/students has been finalised and these schools will begin to receive additional supports with effect from September 2017. The list of schools is available at DEIS Plan 2017- New DEIS Schools List

Launching the new Plan, Minister Bruton said:

“Every child has to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their circumstances. Education has a unique capacity to break down the cycles of disadvantage.

We are lucky in Ireland to have such a dedicated and committed teaching profession. Our teachers and school leaders will continue to play a pivotal role in helping children to achieve their potential. We have to support our teachers and school leaders, through up-skilling, mentoring and coaching, so they can plan, deploy and to support. 

“Our plan develops best practice so that schools can be identified for extra support in a fair and objective manner. We will pilot new approaches to encourage innovation and better outcomes for children. This can be mainstreamed over time.

“Extra supports, like additional NEPS provision, priority professional development provision and book rental schemes, will be put in place. 

“Our plan provides supports for learners of all ages. I want to see more students continuing into further and higher education.  We must develop better pathways for them.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to the development of this Plan and look forward to working with and supporting schools to achieve its goals.”

“I was very pleased to visit Our Lady Immaculate Junior National School in Darndale today to launch our new plan to tackle educational disadvantage.”

Notes to Editor

The Plan sets out a new methodology, using centrally held CSO and DES data supplied by schools, for the identification of schools and to assist with resource allocation; as well as a renewed School Support Programme with a focus on innovation and creativity and embedding of good practice in delivery of services in DEIS schools.   

The plan includes the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to ensure effective evaluation of resource inputs and educational outcomes to better inform future policy and facilitate feedback to schools.

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