School pupils across the southern area could benefit from funding to help them pass their English and Mathematics GCSEs, thanks to a partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA).
Gerry Bleakney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement, PHA, explained: “One of the PHA’s core goals is to improve people’s wellbeing, and part of this involves empowering young people to achieve their potential.
“Good English and Maths GCSE grades can open the door to further education and training progression, equipping students with knowledge and skills to make the most of their abilities.”
This is part of a long-term PHA programme to support post-primary schools to develop individual programmes to increase the proportion of year 12 pupils achieving grade C or above in English and Maths GCSEs.
The PHA is currently inviting schools to apply for the funding, which will enable them to develop and deliver initiatives to help young people achieve a grade C or above in these essential subjects. Participating schools are encouraged to develop their own approaches to suit the individual needs of the school and their students.
The GCSE programme is delivered through the Southern Investing for Health Partnership’s Education and Life Skills issue group, which includes representation from the Southern Education and Library Board, the community sector, local councils, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the PHA.
Gerry Bleakney continued: “The programme does not aim to replace the excellent teaching which takes place in schools; rather this funding is designed to complement the provision which is already in place, providing an extra boost for those pupils who might need it.
“Schools that received funding during 2011/12 have indicated that the numbers of pupils failing to achieve a grade C or above in English and Maths is lower this year than in previous years, which they attribute to the extra support they were able to provide for pupils because of the PHA funding.
“Some examples of initiatives that have previously been funded include additional classes in English and Maths for young people identified as probable D grades or below, delivered to small groups at lunchtime or after school; purchase of software programmes, and support seminars.
An application form and guidance notes were posted to all post-primary schools in the southern area in late August 2012. Schools who wish to apply for this exciting funding opportunity should return the completed application form by 12.00 noon on Friday 28 September.”
Anyone with queries or who requires further support can contact Elaine Devlin, Investing for Health Officer, on 3752 9600, who will be happy to provide further support and guidance with the application process.
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