EDUCATION Minister, John O’Dowd, has emphasised the importance of raising educational standards during a visit to Millburn Primary School in Coleraine.
During the Wednesday lunchtime visit the Minister had the opportunity to meet staff and pupils and was given a presentation on improvement projects the school is involved in.
Mr O’Dowd was also particularly keen to hear about the school’s commitment to learning from educational experiences in other countries.
In a statement to the Times, he said: “It has been a pleasure to visit Millburn Primary School today.
“I have in place a coherent set of policies designed to improve educational outcomes and to address the root causes when pupils are not achieving to their full potential. The challenge is to ensure the effective implementation of these policies by schools.
“As well as learning through the core curriculum, the children at Millburn Primary School are involved in a number of other activities. These include a range of services offered through the Extended Schools Programme which has been funded by my Department.
“These schemes include a breakfast club, after school’s homework and literacy clubs, as well as fitness, football and athletics programmes aimed at promoting physical activity.”
The Minister also praised the school’s staff for their continuing commitment.
“I have enjoyed my visit to Millburn Primary School today and I thank everyone involved for their welcome. I would also like to commend the Board of Governors, principal, teachers and all the staff for their continuing hard work.”
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