Inside Story: A new way with words

The new Write to Read programme in schools is a huge step towards improving literacy in disadvantaged areas, writes Alex Meehan

14th September, 2013
Teacher Nuala Bourke works with fourth-class students in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Inchicore, Dublin 8, as part of the Write To Read programme. Picture: Feargal Ward

It's 11am in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal in Inchicore in Dublin, and in Nuala Bourke's third class, children are gathered round to listen to each other read aloud the results of their creative writing efforts. Elsewhere in the school, volunteer parents are helping out by supervising children while they chill out with a novel, immersing themselves in stories perfectly pitched for their reading level and personal interests. Any school would be proud to provide this...

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