Cancelled literacy and numeracy programme had ‘positive impact’

BBC News (Northern Ireland) are reporting that a cancelled government education scheme helped thousands of pupils improve their English and maths results.

The literacy and numeracy signature programme ran from 2013 to 2015 but was not renewed due to a lack of money.

It helped almost 19,000 pupils, provided jobs for 310 new teachers and gave extra staff to hundreds of schools.

The final report on the second year of the programme has just been published by the Department of Education (DE).

The final report said the signature programme had “far-reaching implications”.

“Not only were the original aims achieved but the programme produced a number of outcomes and made a positive impact in our schools,” it said.

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