The funding for summer school programmes for disadvantaged students and those with special needs has been doubled.
Education Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan have announced an expanded summer provision of extra courses at a cost of 40 million euro.
All primary and secondary schools will have the option to run two-week summer programmes for mainstream students with additional needs or those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Extra camps will also be available for DEIS schools, schools with special classes and special schools.
The announcement of a new enhanced Summer Programme for students with special educational needs and those facing disadvantage is good news for students, according to Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon.
He says many students and their families will welcome the opportunity to return to the classroom over the summer to benefit from additional support and routine after a very difficult year, and he's encouraging schools in Mayo to avail of the opportunity.