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Sunday, June 20, 2021

£4.5m announcement for School Summer Scheme

A total of 451 educational settings have applied to run a voluntary summer scheme.

Details of school budget allocations for the School Summer Scheme 2021 have been published today. 

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The Education Minister Peter Weir said: “Schools have responded overwhelmingly to the call for applications, resulting in 451 educational settings who have applied to the Department for support to run a voluntary Summer Scheme. This is ten times larger than last year.

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“I am investing £4.5 million in the programme, the main purpose of which is to help pupils make a successful return to learning in September 2021. 

“This is not about catch-up and schools will have flexibly to develop an appropriate programme.  There will be a focus on emotional health and wellbeing, as well as activities, which are interactive and fun, with plenty of scope for outside play, and for learning activities.

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“I am confident that this scheme will provide a welcome and enjoyable distraction for our young people who have faced so much turmoil during the last year.”

The settings involved include primary and post-primary schools, special schools and EOTAS settings.

The Education Authority’s Youth Service is also planning a significant programme of summer activities which will complement the work that schools undertake.

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