BROUGHAN WELCOMES EXPANSION OF DEIS PROGRAMME BUT QUERIES OMISSION OF ST. JOSEPH’S FAIRVIEW FOR DEIS 1
Deputy Broughan welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, at Darndale Junior N.S that 79 new schools will join the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) Plan from September this year. However, Deputy Broughan has queried the omission of St Joseph’s CBS Primary School, Fairview, from being awarded DEIS 1 status.
Deputy Broughan welcomes that Coolock Schools, SN Caitriona Naionain and SN Caitriona C, will move from Urban Band 2 up to Urban Band 1. He also welcomes news that Árdscoil La Salle in Raheny has been granted DEIS status as 2nd level.
Deputy Broughan was very disappointed that St. Joseph’s in Fairview remained in the DEIS 2 category and joined with other Deputies in querying the criteria that us being used by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, in determining allocation of DEIS status and the categories within that status. Deputy Broughan has made numerous representations for St. Joseph’s to ascertain the criteria used given that the majority of its pupils come from areas with DEIS 1 feeder schools. Minister Bruton previously confirmed that a new DEIS framework will be rolled out in September of this year and Deputy Broughan has requested that the full list of criteria used to decide on DEIS designation be shared publicly so that there is full transparency for the process.
Deputy Broughan says “The DEIS Programme is an important part of our education infrastructure. Additional supports to DEIS schools are also welcome and the inclusion of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework is important to allow for proper reflection into how the programme is working and where improvements can be made. I am calling on the Minister to release the full list of criteria used for deciding on eligibility for DEIS and the bands within DEIS.”