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School Excellence Fund Launched

1.8 million Euro in funding for 35 DEIS schools around the country

DEIS schools all over the country are to be given funding to pilot innovative approaches to tackling educational disadvantage.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today launched the pilot phase of the School Excellence Fund (SEF) in St Vincent’s Girls’ National School, North William Street, Dublin 1.

Ten clusters comprising over 35 urban and rural, pre-school, primary and post-primary schools have been invited to participate in a pilot phase of the new School Excellence Fund.

Participating schools will explore new, innovative solutions to tackle educational disadvantage and improve learning outcomes for their students. The Fund will allow schools to trial creative interventions, for a period of 3 years, the intention being that the learning from successful approaches will be shared across the school sector.

Examples of the likely themes of projects include:

  • Improving outcomes for EAL students
  • Improving oral language in pre-school and infant classes
  • Improving students’ well-being through Arts Cross-sectoral approach to the development of mathematical skills
  • Cross-sectoral approach to Science teaching Development of students’ computational thinking skills
  • Ensuring the attainment of higher ability students Improving pupil transitions and parental involvement

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said: “The School Excellence Fund, is designed to ensure that innovative approaches and proposals developed by schools will be supported and rewarded. It is one of a number of steps we are taking to be the best at tackling educational disadvantage, and helping people to fulfil their potential, in Europe. We want to give schools the opportunity to find out not just what works, but what works best. Pilots such as the one being run by the North East Inner City cluster has the potential to be truly ground-breaking, as we work with children from pre-school age to improve their language skills, with wider implications for schools around the country.

Find out more here.

The CareersPortal Team

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