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Minister launches children’s consultation on ‘Every School a Good School: A Strategy for Raising Achievement in Literacy and Numeracy’

21 October, 2008 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane today launched the children and young people's version of the literacy and numeracy strategy consultation.

The main consultation was launched at Strandtown Primary School in June. This part of the consultation, aimed at pupils, will be issued to schools across the North of Ireland asking the pupils to respond to the issues that affect them in relation to literacy and numeracy.

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane said:

"I am determined to hear as many responses as possible to this consultation and am particularly keen to provide opportunities for children and young people to express their views and opinions. That is why today I am issuing it to schools across the North. This consultation will be given to the pupils for their response. This is the first time my department has issued a children's consultation and I am looking forward to seeing their responses.

"This strategy will build on the excellent work already being done in our classrooms by teachers. It is to ensure that every child in the classroom is receiving that same high quality teaching to help them develop essential skills they require through their lives.

"It is a tragedy that thousands of young people leave school every year without adequate reading, writing and arithmetic skills that would enable them to progress in the world of work. This consultation aims to listen to the young people themselves so we can close that gap."

The consultation closes on 30 November and the documents are available from the Department of Education website

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