23. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills when additional schools will be approved for support under DEIS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14417/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tackling educational disadvantage and helping children to achieve their potential is a key priority of the Action Plan for Education. For the first time since 2009, my Department has brought 79 new schools into DEIS, and upgraded the level of support for another 30 schools.
As I have recently advised the Deputy, a further assessment of all schools is currently underway in the context of the DEIS Programme.  This assessment takes account ...

107. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the areas of concentrated disadvantage in County Kildare are broken down for the assessment of higher education access route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31612/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) college admissions scheme is operated and regulated by a number of higher education institutions and not by my Department.
The HEAR is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on the basis of lower Leaving Certificate points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  The universities collaborate in operating the Higher Educ...

183. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to support disadvantaged children in schools not under the DEIS programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21417/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): DEIS is my Department’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage. The DEIS Plan for 2017 sets out our vision for future intervention in the critical area of social inclusion in education policy.
The rationale for allocating resources and supports based on a schools’ level of concentrated disadvantage is based on the existence of a “multiplier effect” whereby students attending a school with a concentration of students f...

382. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a DEIS band school (details supplied) will have exclusive access to a full-time home school community liaison teacher; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the school has had no contact from his Department since the matter was first raised, despite his response to a previous parliamentary question to the effect that departmental officials have been engaging with the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20556/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that, arising from his previous question on behalf of this school, officials of my Department wrote to the school in question on the 27th April last regarding this matter.
The school has been advised that it is not proposed to make any amendment to the existing level of HSCL supports allocated for the 2017/2018 school year pending the outcome of an updating of the new DEIS identification model to reflect 2016 ...

389. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all DEIS band 1 primary schools are allocated one home school liaison officer (HSCL) each; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that two DEIS band 1 schools (details supplied) at present share a home school liaison officer; his plans to ensure they are allocated a HSCL each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20584/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The matter referred to by the Deputy relates to the assignment of a Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Coordinator where the assignment of the current Coordinator serving the school in question is due to expire at the end of the current school year.
The reassignment of HSCL duties is part of the normal cycle of the HSCL scheme and the allocation of a full or a shared teacher to these duties is related to the number of targeted pupils i...

275. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills to set out the details of the matrix used and the results allocated to the matrix when determining the status of a school (details supplied) for DEIS status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16605/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): DEIS Plan 2017 provides for a new identification model for assessment of a school’s level of disadvantage using centrally held data.
The key data sources include the DES Primary Online Database (POD) and Post-Primary Online (PPOD) Databases as populated by schools and the CSO Small Area of Population (SAP) data from the National Census of Population 2011 as represented by the Pobal HP Deprivation Index (HP Index). Variables used in the c...

293. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if additional schools have been added to the DEIS list since the announcement of 13 February 2017; if so the details of same; the number of schools that sought verification through the process outlined by his Department; when is it intended to reopen another round of DEIS for unsuccessful schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16785/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): No schools, either Primary or Post Primary, have been added to the list of schools published on 13th February.
In its initial application, the new identification model, which has been uniformly applied to all schools, has identified schools not previously included in DEIS, whose level of disadvantage is at the highest level. Accordingly, as a first step these schools will be included in the DEIS School Support Programme with effect from...

146. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the mechanism and criteria for a Youthreach programme to apply and receive funding for DEIS status supports; if his attention has been drawn to difficulties or a lack of awareness among Youthreach management on the process to access the funding; and his plans to update the current management on the scheme. (Question 12272/17 asked on 08 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): DEIS is my Department’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage. The DEIS Plan 2017 sets out my Department’s goals, targets and actions for improving the learning outcomes and overall life chances of children and young people at greatest risk of not reaching their potential by virtue of their socio- economic circumstances.
The Youthreach programme is delivered and funded through SOLAS, the Further Education and Training...

148. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the reason a school (details supplied) in County Sligo has not been granted DEIS status in view of the fact that two other primary schools, which are located within six kilometres of the school concerned and are servicing the same catchment area, have DEIS status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12377/17 asked on 08 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): DEIS is my Department’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage and the DEIS Plan 2017 sets out our vision for future intervention in the critical area of social inclusion in education policy.
A key element of DEIS Plan 2017 is the availability of a new identification process for the assessment of schools for inclusion in DEIS using centrally held CSO and DES data.
The key data sources are the DES Primary Online Databas...

227. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills to set out the exact scores on the Pobal HP index of deprivation that have excluded a school (details supplied) from inclusion in the 2017 DEIS programme; the relative index score that merits inclusion in DEIS; the way in which the POD and CSO small area of population statistics interact with the Pobal HP index of deprivation in determining the score that a school requires to be included in DEIS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11592/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 to 229, inclusive, together.
A significant benefit of the new identification process for DEIS Plan 2017 lies in its capacity as a uniform system adopting common criteria and a consistent application across all primary and post-primary schools.
The key data sources are the DES Primary Online Database (POD) and Post-Primary Online (PPOD) Databases, and CSO data from the National Census of Population as ...

228. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills to set out the exact scores on the Pobal HP index of deprivation that have excluded a school (details supplied) from inclusion in the 2017 DEIS programme; the relative index score that merits inclusion in DEIS; the way in which the POD and CSO small area of population statistics interact with the Pobal HP index of deprivation in determining the score that a school requires to be included in DEIS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11593/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 to 229, inclusive, together.
A significant benefit of the new identification process for DEIS Plan 2017 lies in its capacity as a uniform system adopting common criteria and a consistent application across all primary and post-primary schools.
The key data sources are the DES Primary Online Database (POD) and Post-Primary Online (PPOD) Databases, and CSO data from the National Census of Population as ...

229. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills to set out the exact scores on the Pobal HP index of deprivation that have excluded a school (details supplied) from inclusion in the 2017 DEIS programme; the relative index score that merits inclusion in DEIS; the way in which the POD and CSO small area of population statistics interact with the Pobal HP index of deprivation in determining the score that a school requires to be included in DEIS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11594/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 to 229, inclusive, together.
A significant benefit of the new identification process for DEIS Plan 2017 lies in its capacity as a uniform system adopting common criteria and a consistent application across all primary and post-primary schools.
The key data sources are the DES Primary Online Database (POD) and Post-Primary Online (PPOD) Databases, and CSO data from the National Census of Population as ...

40. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the staffing schedules outlined in the DEIS programme; if his attention has been drawn to the consequences of applying the pupil teacher ratio of 20 to 1 to existing junior DEIS band 1 schools that currently retain additional teaching posts to allow a pupil teacher ratio of 15 to 1 in junior classes. (Question 10415/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to inform the Deputy that staffing schedules under the 2005 DEIS Plan provided for class sizes in DEIS Band 1 urban primary schools of 20 to 1 in junior and 24 to 1 in senior classes.   
The DEIS Plan 2017 does not propose a change to this position.  Rather, it provides for an evaluation of teaching resources for schools participating in DEIS to be undertaken to inform future policy in the Irish context. 
In this regard the releva...

50. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the non-inclusion of certain schools in County Donegal that were unsuccessful in obtaining DEIS status following the recent designation; the process used in determining the designations and the appeals mechanism open to those unsuccessful schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10121/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 51 together.
DEIS is my Department’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage. The DEIS Plan for 2017 sets out our vision for future intervention in the critical area of social inclusion in education policy.
A key element of DEIS Plan 2017 is the availability of a new identification process for the assessment of schools for inclusion in DEIS using centrally held CSO and DES data. ...

51. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the non-inclusion of certain schools for DEIS designation while at the same time designating adjoining schools within the same communities and districts; the appeals processes open to the school authorities regarding their failure to obtain DEIS status; his plans for further designations in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10122/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 51 together.
DEIS is my Department’s main policy initiative to tackle educational disadvantage. The DEIS Plan for 2017 sets out our vision for future intervention in the critical area of social inclusion in education policy.
A key element of DEIS Plan 2017 is the availability of a new identification process for the assessment of schools for inclusion in DEIS using centrally held CSO and DES data. ...

145. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the stage the review of the school support programme through the DEIS initiative is at; when this review will be completed and published; if he envisages any changes to the funding or delivery model of the DEIS programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10686/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to answer Questions Nos. 145 and 147 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the review of DEIS has been completed and the new action plan for educational inclusion entitled ‘DEIS Plan 2017’, was published together with a report of the review, on the 13th February 2017.
A copy of the both reports, ‘Report on the Review of DEIS’ and the ‘DEIS Plan 2017’ are available on my Department’s website – www.education.ie.
 ...

147. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the new national action plan for educational inclusion will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10688/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to answer Questions Nos. 145 and 147 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the review of DEIS has been completed and the new action plan for educational inclusion entitled ‘DEIS Plan 2017’, was published together with a report of the review, on the 13th February 2017.
A copy of the both reports, ‘Report on the Review of DEIS’ and the ‘DEIS Plan 2017’ are available on my Department’s website – www.education.ie.
 ...

221. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if, with regard to the staffing schedules outlined in the DEIS programme, his attention has been drawn to the consequences of applying the pupil-teacher ratio of 20:1 in existing junior DEIS band 1 schools that currently retain additional teaching posts which allow a pupil-teacher ratio of 15:1 in junior classes, a legacy of previous enlightened schemes. (Question 8571/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The recommended class size for urban primary schools in the DEIS Band 1 category was  20 to 1 in junior and 24:1 in senior classes under the 2005 plan. This provision remains unchanged in the current plan subject to an evaluation of teaching resources for schools participating in DEIS to be undertaken to inform future policy in the Irish context. 
The relevant actions in the DEIS Plan 2017 are Actions 27, 28 and 29.
 ...

131. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools from each county added to the DEIS programme, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7936/17 asked on 16 Feb 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton):  The information requested by the Deputy is available on my Department’s website at the following link:
 http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/DEIS-Delivering-Equality-of-Opportunity-in-Schools-/DEIS-Plan-2017-New-DEIS-Schools-List.pdf.
 ...

171. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a school in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6672/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, DEIS Plan 2017 was launched yesterday.
The Plan builds on the experiences of existing DEIS schools and draws on international best practice.  It sets out key goals, targets and actions to improve the supports available to schools to help children and young people at greatest risk of educational disadvantage to reach their full potential.
A key element of the Plan is the availability of a new identification pro...

408. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will receive DEIS status from his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1096/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills Deputy Richard Bruton: As the Deputy may be  aware, a process to review the DEIS Programme began last year and is now nearing completion.  It is my intention to publish a new Action Plan for Educational Inclusion in the coming weeks.
The review process is looking at all aspects of DEIS, including the range and impact of different elements of the School Support Programme, the potential for innovation within and between schools and its scope for increased integrat...

415. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills to set out the status of an application for a DEIS scheme in respect of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1214/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills Deputy Richard Bruton: As the Deputy may be aware, a process to review the DEIS Programme began last year and is now nearing completion.  It is my intention to publish a new Action Plan for Educational Inclusion in the coming weeks.
The review process is looking at all aspects of DEIS, including the range and impact of different elements of the School Support Programme, the potential for innovation within and between schools and its scope for increased integrati...

149. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of all applications for DEIS status for schools in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38488/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 and 150 together.
As the Deputy may be aware, a process to review the DEIS Programme, which began last year is nearing completion and it is the my intention to publish a new Action Plan for Educational Inclusion in the coming weeks.
The review process is looking at all aspects of DEIS, including the range and impact of different elements of the School Support Programme, the potential for innovation wi...

150. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will include Tipperary town and schools (details supplied) in the DEIS programme 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38498/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Educational Disadvantage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 and 150 together.
As the Deputy may be aware, a process to review the DEIS Programme, which began last year is nearing completion and it is the my intention to publish a new Action Plan for Educational Inclusion in the coming weeks.
The review process is looking at all aspects of DEIS, including the range and impact of different elements of the School Support Programme, the potential for innovation wi...

24. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will remove the cap on the expansion of the delivering equality of opportunity in schools programme, DEIS; if he will put in place the measures, suggested by the ERSI review of the programme, to taper funding and enhance supports for urban DEIS schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35411/16 asked on 16 Nov 2016 - Educational Disadvantage)

Deputy Thomas Byrne: I am putting an urgent question to the Minister which follows from what schools are asking us. It relates to whether the Minister is committed to removing the cap on the expansion of the DEIS scheme. It is a fantastic scheme which was established by the Fianna Fáil Government in 2006. However, the scheme has not expanded significantly since then.
Will the Minister put in place what has been recommended by the ESRI? Is there an issue with the tapering of funding? Will th...