Dáil Éireann - Volume 423 - 14 October, 1992

Written Answers. - Home/School Liaison Scheme.

65. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Education the number and proportion of schools designated as disadvantaged which are in the home/school liaison scheme.

Minister for Education (Mr. S. Brennan): A total of 211 primary schools [1209] are in the disadvantaged scheme, all of which receive additional funding for home/school/community liaison initiatives. This includes 80 schools which are also in the home/school/community liaison scheme.

Schools designated as disadvantaged but not included in the home/school/ community liaison scheme also receive additional funding to assist them in pursuing local home/school/community liaison initiatives.

In the post-primary sector my Department has allocated an additional teaching post each to 120 schools to assist them in making special provision for pupils affected by social and economic disadvantage. Twenty six of these schools are participating at present in the home/ school/community liaison project. My Department initiated the project in the primary sector in 1990 and extended it to the post-primary sector in 1991.