All Level 4 Students Will Be In One Place, Clare Hall Secondary School

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Director of Education Highlights Support for Underperforming Students (Video Below)

Director of Education Clare Browne expressed both celebration and concern while addressing the results of the Grade 6 National Assessment.

Browne emphasized the importance of recognizing students who have performed well, while also stressing the need to support those who did not meet the expected standards.

“We celebrate and rejoice with those who have done well and achieved acceptable grades,” Browne stated.

“However, our education system prioritizes the success of every learner, and we must pay particular attention to those students who are not performing as well.”

Browne highlighted that 12% of students fall into the Level Four category, indicating scores of less than 100 out of a possible 400 across the four core exams. To address this, a new initiative will be implemented to provide targeted support for these students.

“We cannot spread these students around, as they may fall between the cracks. Instead, we are placing them all in one location, the Clare Hall Secondary School. They will form one class and receive focused attention from three dedicated teachers,” Browne explained. The teachers will specialize in literacy, numeracy, and a combination of math and science, ensuring comprehensive support for these students.

In addition to core subjects, the students will participate in technical vocational subjects with the rest of the school.

“We will emphasize literacy as the building block for everything else, along with numeracy and some science and social studies,” Browne added.

Browne underscored the importance of ongoing assessments in the education system.

“At grades two and four, we conduct assessments annually to monitor student performance. Detailed reports are generated to help teachers identify weaknesses and focus their efforts on areas needing improvement.”

Capacity building for teachers is also a priority. Training programs are geared towards addressing weak areas identified in the assessments, ensuring teachers are better prepared to support their students.

Browne acknowledged the challenges faced in improving the education system.

“While technology has created a world of instant solutions, education does not work this way. There is no quick fix. We must ensure we do things for the long haul, and the results will come in due time.”

Browne emphasized the commitment to universal secondary education and the importance of targeted interventions for underperforming students. “Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed, and we are dedicated to providing the necessary support to make that happen,” Browne affirmed.

Watch his remarks in full in this video below:

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