Updated: 14/02/17 : 07:42:58
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Two Sligo schools included in revised DEIS scheme

The Department of Education has identified the 80 schools to be included in the new programme for tackling educational disadvantage.

Two of the schools are in County Sligo.

St Edwards National School in Ballytivnan, Sligo town is an existing DEIS Schools at Urban Band and will now move to Urban Band 1 level.

ST Colmans National School, Dernabruck, Cloontia, Ballymote, Co Sligo is now classified as a new DEIS Rural School (Primary).

The schools will join the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) scheme next September, while 30 schools already in the scheme will be provided with additional resources.

Schools in DEIS are awarded more resources, including extra teachers, than others.

The 80 schools are deemed to have a higher level of disadvantage than many of the 826 schools already in the scheme

All existing DEIS schools will remain in the scheme for now, but following  a review of the new arrangements  for both identifying participating schools and for allocating resources, at the end of the 2017/18 year, some may be at risk of being dropped.

As well as including more schools, features  of the new DEIS will include mandatory book rental schemes in participating schools,  access to more educational  psychologists, and at second level, guidance counsellors.

Key aims of the new DEIS are improvement in literacy, numeracy and school completion rates and more progression to further and higher education.