Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has welcomed clarification from the Department of Education that Extended Schools funding will continue this year at the same levels as last year.
Speaking following a response to a written question, the Foyle MLA said:
”I welcome the response from the Minister today which will provide clarity and certainty to many schools in terms of the level of Extended Schools funding they will have access to.
”The Department of Education’s Extended Schools Programme aims to improve levels of educational achievement for disadvantaged children and young people by providing the additional support that they might need to help them reach their full potential.
”Given the onset of COVID-19 and plans to consult on the re-branding of the programme there was great concern and anxiety that schools would have been left with less funding but thankfully that is not the case.
”Now more than ever this funding will be crucial given the impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on many of our young people and their learning experiences.