The Deis programme was introduced to primary and post-primary schools in Ireland in 2006 and is aimed at providing supports to schools with high concentrations of students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds who are at risk of educational failure.
There are currently 183,000 pupils attending 896 Deis programme schools across the country including 700 primary schools and 198 post-primary. Some 79 schools were added to the Deis programme in September 2017.
The Plan presents an ambitious set of objectives and actions to support children who are at greatest risk of Educational disadvantage and introduces the actions required to support them based on 5 key goals.
To implement a more robust and responsive Assessment Framework for identification of schools and effective resource allocation
To improve the learning experience and outcomes of pupils in DEIS schools
To improve the capacity of school leaders and teachers to engage, plan and deploy resources to their best advantage
To support and foster best practice in schools through inter-agency collaboration
To support the work of schools by providing the research, information, evaluation and feedback to achieve the goals of the Plan