Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Department of Education and Skills
338. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the outcome of the STAR pilot project undertaken in Tuam, County Galway, as developed from the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021; the findings of the pilot project; if consideration has been given to further roll-out; if a new strategy will be developed post-2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27577/21]
My Department is in the process of planning for an independent assessment of the STAR pilot project, which was established as an education action in response to the National Traveller and ROMA Strategy (2017 – 2021).
This research will focus on evaluating outcomes in each of the 4 pilot areas in which the pilot has been established. The findings of the research will inform future policy initiatives to support children and young people from the Travelling and Roma communities in their education.
As the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy (NTRIS) is led by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth, the question regarding a new strategy post 2021 should be directed to that Department.