Shragh National School to Receive Additional Educational Supports – Minister Pat Breen.

February 13th, 2017 - Pat Breen

Shragh National School in the parish of Doonbeg is one of just over 100 primary and post-primary schools nationally to receive additional supports under the DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) Plan 2017, according to Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen.

“My colleague the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has included Shragh National School in the list of rural primary schools to now benefit from the DEIS initiative. The 2017 plan announced today (Monday) aims to tackle educational disadvantage,” said Minister Breen.

“Every child must have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their circumstances. Education has a unique capacity to break down the cycles of disadvantage,” said Minister Breen.

“It is essential that each child whether they attend a large urban school or a small rural school, live in east Clare or Ennis, North Clare or Shannon or indeed West Clare, have the same opportunities open to them. I am delighted therefore to see Shragh National School in the parish of Doonbeg included in this year’s DEIS list,” added the Clare Minister of State.

Speaking at the launch of DEIS Plan 2017 Minister Bruton said, “Our plan develops best practice so that schools can be identified for extra support in a fair and objective manner. We will pilot new approaches to encourage innovation and better outcomes for children. This can be mainstreamed over time.”

“Extra supports, like additional NEPS provision, priority professional development provision and book rental schemes, will be put in place.

“Our plan provides supports for learners of all ages. I want to see more students continuing into further and higher education. We must develop better pathways for them.”


For further information: Minister Pat Breen Tel: 087 2422136
Claire Gallagher 087 6749195.

Note to Editor:
The new DEIS school support programme will be implemented from September 2017, with ongoing work with education partners and other stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of its objectives.
The Plan identifies more than 100 actions in support of tackling educational distanvatgae to ensure that everyone can achieve their potential.
Those actions include the following:

• A new model of identifying schools in a fair and objective way to deliver additional resources to benefit approximately 20,000 children and approximately 110 schools.
• Operation of a Book Rental Scheme will become a mandatory requirement for schools participating in the School Support Programme by September 2017

• A series of pilot schemes will aim is to encourage innovation and creativity in schools and the development of these initiatives will be supported by a School Excellence Fund; encouraging innovation through school clustering

• Target supports for School leaders and teachers to equip them to support children to achieve their full potential (e.g professional leadership training, preparation courses for newly appointed principals, mentoring and coaching courses)

• Give all post-primary schools participating in the School Support Programme access to a dedicated career guidance counsellor

• Improve the transition for children from pre-schools to primary schools in communities, building on the strength of programmes like ABC

• Schools will set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time specific targets, including targets for literacy and numeracy, CPD and leadership and to evaluate these annually

• Establish a DEIS Development Unit within the Department of Education and Skills to support the implementation of new interventions and help broker the necessary resources from the various support agencies

• Appointment of an additional 10 NEPS psychologists to improve supports to DEIS schools;

• Education and Training Boards will establish formal outreach arrangements with DEIS schools to encourage access through its existing education pathways

• The Schools Business Partnership will be expanded to cater for new schools included in the School Support Programme