Number of schools in Leitrim to be added to DEIS programme
Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced a major expansion of the DEIS – Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools programme that will see the programme extended to an additional 310 schools. For the first time since 2017 the DEIS programme is being significantly expanded and eligible schools will now gain access to targeted supports to address educational disadvantage. In addition, 37 existing DEIS schools are being reclassified and eligible for increased supports.
Schools in the DEIS programme avail of a range of targeted supports aimed at tackling educational disadvantage, including additional classroom teaching posts, home school community liaison coordinator posts, DEIS grant funding and access to the School Completion Programme.
Five Leitrim schools have been added to the programme:
Ballaghameehan NS in Rosinver,
St Hughs NS, Dowra,
St Brigid’s Drumcong,
Naomh Mhuire Drumlea Carrigallen
Under this scheme new rural based schools are entitled to DEIS grant paid based on level of disadvantage and enrolment, the schools have access to school meals programme, planning supports, professional development, school books grant and much more.
Local Fine Gael Deputy Frank Feighan welcomed the inclusion of five more Leitrim schools to the programme. There are now over 12 DEIS schools in the county.
“Schools have been identified for inclusion in the programme through the refined DEIS identification model, which is an objective, statistics-based model which uses information from the Department of Education enrolment databases and the Pobal HP Deprivation index. Schools were not required to apply for inclusion in the DEIS programme and the model has been applied fairly and equally to all schools” stated Minister Feighan.
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