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February 2017

INTO describes DEIS plan as heavy on bureaucracy but light on resources

The INTO today criticised the government’s plan for DEIS schools as heavy on bureaucracy but light on resources.

The union says it lacks a commitment to reduce class sizes and to provide the additional teaching staff required by disadvantaged schools to meet their pupils’ needs.

“There was no reduction to disadvantaged schools’ class sizes in the last two budgets when non-disadvantaged schools got a decrease in Budget 2016,” said INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan.  “The government needs to spell out an improved staffing plan for these schools to underpin the plan,” said Ms Nunan. “An action plan cannot be actioned without the necessary personnel and support for those on the frontline,” she said.

Read INTO Press Release here.

Read DEIS Plan 2017 here.  

Date: Monday, 13 February 17