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A safety net for students at risk of quitting

The Mentoring for Achievement Programme (MAP) was first developed in the United States to identify secondary school pupils at risk of quitting education early.

In 2006 a new non-profit body called Archways was established to monitor new ideas in education worldwide, with a view to providing Irish solutions to Irish problems.

The Archways team modified the existing MAP scheme into a safety-net to catch pupils in danger of falling into the gap between primary and secondary school. The early outcomes of the programme, which assigns up to four pupils to one adult mentor, have been encouraging.

In the two years up to the start of the current school year (2012-13), 18 schools joined the scheme. This year that number has almost doubled, with the addition of 16 more.

Irish Independent