New posts 'boost for young teachers'

Published Wednesday, 10 October 2012
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Over 200 new graduate teaching posts being created in Northern Ireland will provide a boost for newly qualified teachers, the Education Minister has said - as well as improving pupil literacy and numeracy.

New posts 'boost for young teachers'
The teachers will help with literacy and numeracy. (© Getty)

The posts were announced by the First and deputy First Minister on Wednesday, as part of six signature projects worth £26m.

At secondary school level, 150 recently graduated teachers will be given two-year posts to deliver one-to-one tuition in English and Maths to Year 11 and 12 pupils not projected to get a grade C.

At primary school level, 80 newly qualified teachers will give one-to-one tuition to pupils struggling with reading and maths at Key Stage 2.

"We have committed to ensuring as many school leavers as possible achieve the benchmark five good GCSEs including English and Maths," Sinn Féin Education Minister John O'Dowd said.

"This is a key attainment level that is increasingly required to ensure young people can continue their studies to enter the world of work."

Many young teachers have themselves struggled with getting on the career ladder, but because of a lack of posts rather than qualifications.

Avril Hall-Callaghan from the Ulster Teachers' Union explained: "There are only about 12% of teachers under the age of 30 and the vast majority - over half - are over the age of 40.

"So we really do need to invest in our teaching workforce and try and change the profile of it because obviously, when those older teachers move on, the younger teachers will not have had the experience they need to fill this gap."

Without even the most basic educational qualifications, many of our young people find it a struggle to get a job and create a better life.

First Minister Peter Robinson

As well as effort to improve literacy and numeracy, schemes will also aim to offer increased family support and assist job creation within local communities while tackling dereliction and empty units.

In relation to health, £2m in additional support will be received by the Department of Health's Parenting Programmes.

Up to 1,200 parents living in areas of deprivation will be supported with up to 50 additional health workers expected to be employed, while 20 new 'Nurture Units' will be created - in addition to the seven already being rolled out across Northern Ireland.

The units were established in order to improve the lives and educational attainment of children by offering support, help and guidance to targeted pupils within the school environment.

According to OFMdFM, they have already demonstrated their capacity to improve the lives and educational attainment of children.

A pilot intervention to support young NEET people, those Not in Education, Employment or Training, will be rolled out to 500 families through the Department for Education and Learning.

Ten Family Support Hubs will be established to provide coordinated early intervention services in local areas, providing a range of holistic family support services.

Meanwhile, £4million has been allocated to ten Social Enterprise Incubation Hubs which encourage business start-ups in empty or derelict clusters of units and shops.

The aim is to make a tangible difference, particularly for our children and young people, over the next two years.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

"The Delivering Social change Framework is how we, as an Executive, will tackle poverty and deprivation," First Minister Peter Robinson said.

"We want everyone to be equipped with the skills to strengthen our economic growth and for everyone to benefit from our mainstream education, health and employment programmes."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the announcement is about "working together in new ways, across Departments and in partnership with the community, businesses and wider society".

He added: "This programme will lay the foundation for sustained social improvement and economic growth in the longer-term.

"Crucially, it underscores the importance that the entire Executive places on addressing the needs of all of our citizens - in particular, those suffering disadvantage and those who have been left on the margins of society."

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8 Comments
Michael in Letterkenny wrote (739 days ago):
What about unemployed teachers who are not newly qualified? Is this not age discrimination? It's time to offer early retirement to teachers over the age of 60. This will save the country a fortune as younger teachers are paid less.
Vee in Belfast wrote (740 days ago):
NQT Teacher should buy herself a grammar book and learn how to write the Queens English, not to split her infinitive and about the use of the apostrophe. Doirecormac in Derry has a good point about training too many teachers - this has been happening for over 30 years. But teaching is a vocation and - if you have spent 3-4 years studying Education you have the right to a job the same as any other graduate - of course don't forget a degree is a ticket to the dole queue and always was. J Keyes is right - the older teachers coming back to do part-time and pinch the jobs from the young ones are just GREEDY!
J Keyes in Belfast wrote (740 days ago):
Yes, teacher job creation is fantastic. A modern, civilised society should always invest in its young people,and not leave them on the dole or wherever. Retired teachers and some older staff should embrace change, earn incentives and be encouraged to job-share. This way, younger teachers can enter the job market, whilst bringing new energy and talent with them. Government, we ask you: can you really deliver and play your part in a fair society? Or, do you want to carry on with the scandalous outrage that is the current situation; 'retired' teachers being offered part-time hours in MOST schools in NI?
doirecormac in derry wrote (740 days ago):
Why? What is it about teachers that they expect, maybe even demand, the right to a job as soon as they graduate? No other profession expects the same 'entitlement'. They should be made to face the harsh realities of life - don't expect to get handed everything on a plate. I have an idea - if we have so many unemployed teachers why not stop the BEd and PGCE courses for the next 5 years. This will reduce any surplus. Why waste time and money running university courses to train people for jobs that don't exist.
NQT Teacher in County Down wrote (740 days ago):
I am a Newly Qualified Primary School Teacher, with 2 terms teaching experience. I am lad that the executive are trying to do dsomething about the dire situation for my profession in N.Ireland. Unfortunately, I believe they are oing about it the wrong way. Teaching one on one is something that you do in the first few weeks as a Trainee Teacher, it is not a substitute for the experience of teaching your own class. It is also I believe a little insulting to expect Trained Teachers to effectively undertake the role of a learning support assistant, a very important job, but one that we are over qualified for. If the executive want good headlines and appear to be making effective change, then they have achieved their goal. Unfortunately, they have only postponed the immediacy of the required response to creating real Teaching jobs. This can only be achieved by creating an effective plan that allows older Teacher's to take an early retirement scheme, freeing up actual jobs for NQT's.
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