Written answers

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Department of Education and Skills

DEIS Scheme

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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618. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the provision of funding support for DEIS schools for summer 2021 will be along the same lines as funding provided in summer 2020; the details of the schools that availed of this funding support; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17262/21]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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All 890 schools (2019/20 academic year figures) in the DEIS programme were offered the opportunity to run a one week summer programme in 2020. Schools were asked to identify those pupils most in need of this support and they had flexibility on when to hold it during the summer.

DEIS primary schools were offered the opportunity to run a Literacy and Numeracy Camp.

DEIS post-primary schools were offered the opportunity to run a new programme which was developed focusing on encouraging those students deemed most in need to reconnect with school, supporting their physical, social and emotional wellbeing and providing them with the skills they need to engage in a meaningful way with learning in the future. The programme was funded to target educational and social disadvantage.

217 DEIS primary schools ran literacy and numeracy summer camps in 2020, with over 7,000 pupils attending. 72 DEIS post-primary schools ran the week long summer programme in 2020 with over 2,200 students attending.

Work is underway in detailing proposals for the provision of a summer programme in 2021 to include DEIS schools.

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