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Funding boost for school coaching programme

The Department of Education says funding for the Curriculum Sports Programme will continue until April.

The decision to cut funding for GAA and IFA coaches for primary schools across Northern Ireland has been reversed.

More than 50 staff had faced redundancy as a result of the planned cost-cutting.

However, the Department of Education has now announced that funding for the Curriculum Sports Programme will continue until April.

Around 40-thousand children receive coaching as part of the scheme each year.

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GCSE results day for NI students

GCSE Results Day Credit: PA

Over 30 thousand pupils in Northern Ireland are due to receive their GCSE results.

Exam bodies have marked over 300 thousand papers in the run up to Thursday.

The youngest person waiting on a grade is just 10 years old, while the oldest is 71.

For the first time, a small number of students in Northern Ireland who sat their exams through English examination boards will receive a numerical mark rather than a traditional letter grade.

Under the biggest shake-up of exams in England for a generation, traditional A* to G grades are being gradually replaced with a 9 to 1 system, with 9 being the highest mark.

English and maths - key GCSEs for all teenagers - are the first to move across, with other subjects following over the next two years.

Details of the overall GCSE results for Northern Ireland will be available later on Thursday morning.

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