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Plan to Tackle Educational Disadvantage Published

Education Minister Richard Bruton today launched the DEIS Plan 2017, his plan to tackle educational disadvantage.

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

Minister Bruton said:

The basic aim of this Government is to sustain our economic progress and use it to build a fair and compassionate society.  No area is more important to this vision than education.

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.

The new DEIS school support programme will be implemented from September 2017, with ongoing work with education partners and other stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of its objectives.

DEIS Action Plan 2017 is available here.