Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People, 2011 - 2020

The Minister for Education and Skills has asked that Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life: be brought to the attention of boards of management. Literacy and numeracy are among the most important skills taught in our schools. They are fundamental to a person’s ability to succeed in education, to gain fulfilling employment and to lead a satisfying and rewarding life. The national strategy emphasises the important roles that schools, teachers and parents play in fully developing these skills. Pending the adjustments to the existing recommended timeframe by the NCCA and with effect from January 2012 all primary schools will be required to:
• increase the time spent on the development of literacy skills, particularly in the first language of the school, by one hour overall for language (Irish and English) per week (i.e. to 6.5 hours for infants with a shorter day, and to 8.5 hours per week for students with a full day)
• increase the time spent on mathematics by 70 minutes per week to 3 hours and 25 minutes per week for infants with a shorter day, and to 4 hours and 10 minutes per week for students with a full day.

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