Education Initiatives

One of the key factors contributing to social exclusion and poverty is low levels of educational attainment. County Longford has a relatively high level of educational disadvantage and therefore LCRL operates a number of initiatives aimed at improving access to, participation in, and outcomes from education. These include work with parents and a project aimed at suporting access to third level education.

'Triple P' Parenting Programme

LCRL is a member of the Longford/Westmeath Parenting Network. 2 staff members of LCRL have been trained as facilitators of the Triple P Parenting Programme. Together with trained facilitators from other organizations they facilitate a number of Parenting Programmes for parents of 0-12 year olds and for parents of teenagers.

Lift Off Loan Scheme

The Lift Off Loan Scheme offers an interest free loan for students from welfare dependent homes. Students from welfare dependent homes are entitled to a full maintenance grant and top up but these grant payments often are not paid out until late October or sometimes November. However, a student may need up to €3,000 in late August or early September in order to secure a college place and to pay for initial costs of accommodation, materials, books, etc.

In response to this problem, LCRL, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection, operates an interest free 3rd Level Education Loan Scheme to assist such students access third level education. Each year the loans are repaid and the money is available for new students the next year.

Phonics Ireland

Synthetic Phonics proceeds from what we already know – the sounds in spoken language - and develops in children the ability to represent those sounds in written form.  Recent research has confirmed the most effective way to teach reading is by the synthetic phonics method and this has been endorsed by the UK government through the Rose Report.  In Ireland, Synthetic phonics called ‘Fonics Phirst’ is run by Phonics Ireland Ltd.  Pat Deegan has been trained in Synthetic Phonics Literacy Teaching by Phonics Ireland Ltd (See  Pat can be contacted at 087-7449877 or email:  Through this teaching method all mainstream children can learn to read and write with competence and confidence. (See Reading Reform Website ).  The parent will also be trained in how to support and assist their child to read and write.

Contact Information

For more information please contact Longford Community Resources clg at 043-3345555.

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