Bridging the Gap has promoted and supported good practice throughout the whole group of forty-seven participating schools, working in partnership with the network of principals and of teachers. Among the many positive outcomes of the project are specific measured improvements in the following areas:
· literacy and language development
· science (including successful participation in Young Scientist exhibition)
· information technology (ECDL)
· quality of homework
· Junior Certificate results and retention to senior cycle
· uptake of science subjects in second level
· aspirations to study in higher education, career ambitions
In addition, pupils have developed high levels of skill in the performing and visual arts, with consequent improvements in self-esteem and self-discipline. This has had a positive impact on attainment across the curriculum.
Bridging the Gap has helped schools to make more productive links with their communities: parents are more actively engaged in children’s learning, and they support the work of the project in the schools.