Schools given £50k to improve literacy and numeracy

The Department of Education had provided funding of over £50,000 to nine local schools to help improve literacy and numeracy skills.

The funding has been awarded through the department’s Strategic Development Fund (SDF) which was established last year by Education Minister, John O’Dowd.

It is aimed at helping Area Learning Communities (ALCs) improve young people’s literacy and numeracy, particularly those underachieving or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The SDF provides financial support for substitution cover and supports minor costs associated with the development of resources or assessment of pupils.

Newtownabbey ALC comprises of nine local post-primary and special schools which work together to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.

The schools awarded the funding include Hazelwood Integrated College, Monkstown Community School, Glengormley High School, Newtownabbey Community High School, Rosstulla School, Hill Croft School, Thornfield House School, Jordanstown School and Belfast High School.

Minister O’Dowd said: “One of my main aims is to raise educational standards and provide every young person with a much broader and more balanced curriculum from the age of 14.

“Recent statistics show that we have been successful in starting to achieve this with standards continually rising, however more needs to be done.

“That is why I decided to make additional resources available to ALCs to help improve the literacy and numeracy levels of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who are at risk of underachievement in either English and/or maths at GCSE level.

“This is one of a number of packages aimed at supporting improvement and enables schools to share expertise and resources.”