80 extra schools that will benefit from 'equality' plan named
The 80 schools to be included in the new programme for tackling educational disadvantage have been named by the Department of Education.
They will join the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (Deis) scheme next September, while 30 schools already in the scheme will be provided with extra resources.
Schools in Deis are awarded more resources, including extra teachers. The 80 schools are deemed to have a higher level of disadvantage than many of the 826 schools already in the scheme. All existing Deis schools will remain in the scheme for now, but following a review of the new arrangements at the end of the 2017/18 year, some may be at risk of being dropped.
As well as including more schools, features of the new Deis include mandatory book rental schemes in participating schools, access to more educational psychologists, and guidance counsellors.
Irish National Teachers' Organisation general secretary Sheila Nunan criticised the plan as "heavy on bureaucracy but light on resources".