Five primary schools in Tipperary town are campaigning to be included in the DEIS action plan to combat educational inequality.
DEIS, the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools, is an action plan focused on addressing the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities; from pre-school through second-level education (3 to 18 years).
The Tipperary Local Education Stakeholders Network, in association with RAPID Tipperary and LIT Tipperary, compiled a document entitled “Addressing Educational Inequality in Tipperary Town” to support the DEIS application.
This document was presented recently to politicians, interested groups and the education partners in Tipperary town to highlight the need for additional resources for education in Tipperary town.
Deirdre Mullens O'Dwyer (SICAP Development Worker, STDC) said “Tipperary town is a RAPID town with so many people unemployed and we need extra resources to break this cycle. The DEIS support programme will make a difference for disadvantaged families and families that fail in education.”
The primary schools in Tipperary town are campaigning to be included in the revised DEIS action plan at the end of the year. DEIS schools are granted a better pupil/teacher ratio, additional supports for vulnerable groups, targeted measures to tackle literacy and numeracy and additional funding.
Louise Tobin , St. Joseph’s Principall, said - “Tipperary town is a RAPID town for a reason and the RAPID map shows the whole town as disadvantaged. All the primary schools in Tipperary town now need to be included in the DEIS programme.”
Deirbhile Nic Craith, Asst. General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers Organisation,Donal Kerins Irish Primary Principals Network and Terry O’Connor, Thee Drives Family Resource Centre backed the case.