Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Education Schemes

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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346. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a post-primary school (details supplied) that was given Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools, DEIS, status in 2017 that was never partnered with a college, university access office; the reason for the delay; and if the Higher Education Authority, HEA, will respond to the school request to be linked to a college. [17406/22]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by the HEA that there is extensive engagement between Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and DEIS schools. In an analysis carried out by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) 98% of post-primary DEIS schools had links or engagement with a HEI.

The particular issue raised by the Deputy is not one that I am aware of. Where a DEIS school wishes to establish links or a partnership with a Higher Education Institution in any way, that is a matter for the school and the HEI to decide on and to progress. HEA approval is not required in such cases.

I can say that the HEA have confirmed that the school in question has already established links with 3 Universities/Colleges, namely Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and the National College of Art and Design.


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