Thursday, 17 February 2005
Department of Education and Science
An overall review of educational disadvantage programmes is currently being finalised by my Department. The purpose of this review is to build on what has been achieved to date, adopt a more systematic, targeted and integrated approach and strengthen the capacity of the system to meet the educational needs of disadvantaged children and young people. The future position in regard to initiatives aimed at addressing educational disadvantage at primary level is being considered in the context of this review, the outcome of which I hope to announce shortly.