Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Disadvantaged Status

Photo of Matt CarthyMatt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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121. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the grounds on which a school can appeal the decision that they be excluded from DEIS programme. [23361/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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My Department is committed to ensuring that all schools are treated equally and fairly in the manner in which they have been identified for inclusion in the DEIS programme.

Schools who were not satisfied with the outcome following the application of the DEIS identification model to their school enrolment data will now have the opportunity to have that outcome reviewed. Circular 0019/2022, outlining the details of the DEIS appeals process, was published on the 30th March 2022 by my Department and is available at www.gov.ie/en/circular/7e7ca-deis-identification-2022-appeals-process-for-schools/. All schools were notified of the appeals process.

Schools who wished to appeal the outcome of the application of the DEIS identification model to their school enrolment data had to inform my Department using the appeal form available at Appendix 1 in the Circular. The deadline to submit an appeal was 5pm on Friday 29th April 2022.

When all appeals have been processed, schools will be informed in writing by my Department outlining the outcome of the appeal. It is my Department’s intention that schools will be provided with the outcome promptly to allow schools time to plan for the 2022/23 school year

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