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The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Nova Scotia is committed to continuing the progress made in inclusive education and curricular development. 

To this effect, it implemented the Multi-Tiered System of Supports, which is an integrated school-wide approach that is universal, focused and intensive. 

Much like the holistic education model, it too is student centered, and “provides assessment, instruction, and intervention at three different levels, or tiers: classroom, small group, and individual.” This is an excellent fit with the holistic view of education, which facilitates the differentiation of instruction by holistic formative assessments


2023-2024 Education Budget Announcement

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Nova Scotia, has pledged an additional $47.1 million to public schools to handle growing classroom sizes and hire teachers. It has earmarked $6 million to refresh classroom technology. 

In response to declining reading scores, the education minister of Nova Scotia, Becky Druhan, has announced that several measures will be implemented to support students’ learning. These include a renewed emphasis on phonics and phonological awareness for students in Grades primary to 2, and the provision of software to facilitate learning in math, reading, and writing.


Holistic Early Learning

Nova Scotia has a provincial literacy strategy that aims to ensure that early learners have the literacy skills to thrive in school and in outside environments. 

The province has dedicated $3.2 million for this cause. More direct support will be provided to students, and more help will be provided to educators in order to fortify literacy learning in all subjects.

There will be a focus on reading fluency, comprehension and writing skills. All teachers will reinforce student learning through classroom data and assessment to drive decisions on literacy instruction.


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