DEIS – Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools
Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) the Action Plan for Educational Inclusion, was launched in May 2005 and remains the Department of Education and Skills policy instrument to address educational disadvantage. The action plan focuses on addressing and prioritising the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities, from pre-school through second-level education (3 to 18 years).
DEIS provides for a standardised system for identifying levels of disadvantage and an integrated School Support Programme (SSP).
836 schools are included in the programme in the 2016/17 school year. These comprise 646 primary schools (330 urban/town schools and 316 rural primary schools) and 190 second level schools.
What is DEIS, and how were second level schools selected to participate?
DEIS is the most recent programme aimed at addressing the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities. DEIS was introduced in 2006/2007 by the Department of Education and Science, now renamed the Department of Education and Skills (DES). About 340 urban primary, 340 rural primary, and about 200 second level schools that were assessed as having the highest levels of disadvantage were invited to participate in the School Support Programme (SSP)1 component of DEIS. Under the SSP, existing interventions for schools and school clusters/communities with concentrated levels of educational disadvantage were consolidated (DES, 2005).
At second level, there are currently 194 schools nationwide in receipt of additional resources under DEIS.
In the current school year, participating schools receive some or all of the following measures under the SSP:
• From the 2012/13 school year, all DEIS post-primary schools will be targeted for additional support through an improved staffing schedule of 18.25:1. This is a 0.75 point improvement compared to the existing standard 19:1 which applied in non-fee charging schools. Circular 0009/2012
• DEIS grant paid based on level of disadvantage and enrolment – DEIS Funding Guidelines
• Access to Home School Community Liaison services
• Access to Schools Meals Programme
• Access to a range of supports under School Completion Programme
• Access to Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP)
• Some JCSP schools have a library
• Access to Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCA)
• Access to planning supports
• Access to a range of professional development supports
• Additional funding under School Books Grant Scheme