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Primary reading scores and mother’s education300250200                                                1st class150        ...
Literacy scores on entry to second-level school454035302520151050      Higher prof.   Lower prof.   Non-manual   Farmer   ...
Leaving Certificate completion    100    90    80    70    60%   50    40    30    20    10     0          Professional   ...
Early School leaving -    Higher rates of anxiety and depression.    Higher rates of smoking and heavy drinking.    Gre...
Because of the drivers we know – poverty is a cycle that                    has to be broken                              ...
What works to break the cycle?Possible points & types of intervention - services                                          ...
What we spend (US$ per head)•   Third level –        $16,284 (OECD average $13,717)•   Second level –       $10,868 (OECD ...
Opening Address to Empowering the Community to Teach the Child - Fergus Finlay, Barnardos
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Opening Address to Empowering the Community to Teach the Child - Fergus Finlay, Barnardos

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Opening Address to Empowering the Community to Teach the Child - Fergus Finlay, Barnardos

  1. 1. Primary reading scores and mother’s education300250200 1st class150 5th class10050 0 NQ JC LC PLC Degree Postgrad
  2. 2. Literacy scores on entry to second-level school454035302520151050 Higher prof. Lower prof. Non-manual Farmer Skilled manual Semi/unskilled Non-employed manual
  3. 3. Leaving Certificate completion 100 90 80 70 60% 50 40 30 20 10 0 Professional Employ/manager Non-Manual Manual Unemployed
  4. 4. Early School leaving - Higher rates of anxiety and depression. Higher rates of smoking and heavy drinking. Greater dependency on medical cards. Higher rates of lone motherhood. Much higher rates of imprisonment.
  5. 5. Because of the drivers we know – poverty is a cycle that has to be broken Increased risk of - Political & Economic System • Emotional & Poor or uneven investment in infrastructure, schooling, job Behavioural disorders creation. Power balance. No • Under performance in Voice school • Poor literacy • Drop out of school & Systemic Societal society + = Dysfunction Dysfunction • Drug & alcohol abuse • Crime • Teen pregnancy 100,000 Kids Social & Cultural Teen pregnancy, family & Generational Poverty community strength, attitudes to Trap education, success. Media. Life chances further Societal & institutional prejudice diminished. Natural talent & potential lost. Impact on next generationSource: One Foundation
  6. 6. What works to break the cycle?Possible points & types of intervention - services School Supports Family Services Classroom management Pre & Ante Natal Parents Home school liaison Parenting Skills & Home Psychiatric Assessments Home support workers Out of school/After school Childcare Youth Services Mentoring Special programmes - Personal Development to drugs and crime prevention Community & School Above all – Early Intervention
  7. 7. What we spend (US$ per head)• Third level – $16,284 (OECD average $13,717)• Second level – $10,868 (OECD average $8,972• Primary level - $7,795 (OECD average $7,153)• Pre-school – Almost nothing at all (OECD average $6,210)• In overall terms we’re spending 5.6% of our national wealth on all forms of education. The OECD average is 5.9%

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