Tuition scheme for out-of-work teachers


Secondary school pupils predicted to fail their English and maths GCSEs are to get intense one-on-one tuition from out of work teachers.

Northern Ireland’s first and deputy first ministers unveiled the scheme as part of a £26 million investment to improve literacy and numeracy levels among children from deprived areas.

A total of 150 recently graduated teachers, who are without permanent employment, are to benefit. They will be given two year contracts to deliver personal tuition to pupils who are not projected to get C grades in their maths and English GCSEs.

First minister Peter Robinson says without even the most basic educational qualifications many young people struggle to get a job and create a better life.

The additional support being provided for literacy and numeracy will tackle this problem head-on, he said, and help young people obtain the qualifications to find work. 

It will also provide young unemployed teachers – of which there are about 4,000 in Northern Ireland – with an opportunity to get experience while contributing to raising educational achievement.

The teachers will begin working with children across numerous different secondary schools from early 2013.

John O’Dowd, Northern Ireland’s education minister, said the investment will have a direct impact on the educational outcomes of many pupils. By targeting those who are at risk of underachieving and focusing on the core skills of literacy and numeracy, he said, more young people can achieve to their full potential. 

Mr O’Dowd said five “good” GCSEs including English and maths was a “key attainment level that is increasingly required to ensure young people can continue their studies or enter the world of work”. He added: “We set challenging targets to raise standards for our most disadvantaged pupils. Concentrating on areas of disadvantage will help those who need it most.”


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