The ERC has been conducting an independent evaluation of the DEIS programme in primary and post-primary schools since 2007. As well as assessing the programme’s effects on participants in a range of areas including student outcomes, much of the evaluation effort has been aimed at monitoring implementation of the programme in key areas. These include school planning, the organisation of teaching and learning support, and the operation of reduced class sizes in junior classes in participating Band 1 schools. The current report focuses on the last of these issues, and compares class size data in programme schools in 2014/15 with data from of an earlier evaluation study in which data from 2009/10 was analysed.
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For a brief summary of the report click here.