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New help is at hand for Belfast students to make the grade

Date: 22 Aug 2019

Category: Jobs and skills

As GCSE students receive their much anticipated results today, Belfast City Council is launching a new programme to help young people make the grade in English and Maths.

The programme will help those who need additional support to achieve at least a grade C in English and Maths. Free sessions will be delivered out of school hours throughout the year and during holiday periods.

Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “Today is an important and memorable day in the lives of young Belfast students as they receive their GCSE results and take another step towards their future careers. Some will be over the moon, some disappointed.

“We’ve committed to supporting all young people to fulfil their potential in the Belfast Agenda, our community plan – and our new GCSE support programme will now give young people a much greater chance of accessing opportunities after their compulsory education ends.

“Our people are our greatest resource in Belfast – and we want to see inclusive growth taking place. No matter what a student’s background is, we want them to have the best chance of reaching their goals and ambitions, so I recommend that as many students as possible avail of this excellent new programme.”

To be eligible to participate in the GCSE support programme, students must be recommended by their teacher, have a predicted low Grade C or below in English and or Maths and live in, or attend school in Belfast. 
Full details of the GCSE support programme are available at

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