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Schools Inspectors Report gives insight into priorities

24 April, 2007

Newly appointed Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, Lagan Valley MLA Paul Butler has welcomed the publication of the Chief Inspector of Schools' report into 1500 schools across the north which says that vulnerable and low achieving pupils need more help in schools.

Mr Butler said:

"The findings in this study show that vulnerable and low achieving pupils need more help in our schools. The two year study also shows that young people are leaving school with poor reading, writing and numeracy skills, particularly in areas such as Belfast.

"Sinn Féin has consistently challenged areas of under achievement within the current education system and identified the need for early intervention and particularly to support children living in disadvantaged areas where there of some of the lowest educational outcomes.

"We need to target resources to those areas most in need and that we need to address problems within the literacy and numeracy programmes. These are the basic skills which young people, particularly those leaving school without qualifications, need to enable them to work or pursue further training or education.

"We need to recognise why and how the education system is failing those most in need and who are most vulnerable." ENDS

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