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Investing in education

Visiting Wesley College in Ballinteer

As a Government Minister, I work with fellow Ministers to ensure that we invest in education and provide students with the best possible start in life:

- 5,000 additional teachers

- 3,000 additional Special Needs Assistants

- New subjects introduced such as coding at primary level and computer science at second level.

Creative Youth is a five-year Arts programme for schools under my Department

• Nine new Music Education Partnerships have been announced.

• The Music Generation programme will be extended countrywide as soon as possible.

• The Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative, bringing artists into the classroom, is being piloted.

• A Creative Clusters Schools Scheme to generate creative cultural and artistic projects is being piloted.

• Creativity programmes for young people in disadvantaged communities will be developed.

• An Early Years CPD Project is being developed and existing Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools CPD Projects will be mainstreamed.

• Increased opportunities for students to learn coding and computational thinking will be introduced.

• Opportunities to participate in drama/theatre outside of school will be expanded.

• A strategy to develop and extend choral singing is being developed.

• Cruinniú is being developed as a national creativity day for children and young people in consultation with the local authorities.

• Local Creative Youth Partnerships will be established on a pilot basis.

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