Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Major jobs boost for teachers as £12m scheme recruits 230

John O'Dowd
John O'Dowd

The Education Minister has announced the recruitment of 230 newly qualified teachers.

As part of the £12m scheme, successful teachers who have graduated between June 2010 and 2013 and who are without permanent employment will be hired on a two-year fixed term contract.

They will help schools tutor pupils who are currently struggling to achieve required levels in literacy and numeracy.

Recruitment is to get under way next month.

Minister John O’Dowd said: “As well as targeting those young people who are at risk of underachieving and helping them achieve to their full potential, this scheme will also be a welcome boost for 230 of our recently qualified teachers as it gives them the opportunity to secure valuable teaching experience in the next two years.

From September, 150 teachers will support students in years 11 and 12 with a further 80 assisting Key Stage 2 pupils.

Eligible primary and post-primary schools have been selected based on academic performance and level of entitlement to free school meals.

The scheme will be monitored by the Department of Education and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

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