More needs to be done to address the impact of poverty on pupils' performance.
A report for the Welsh inspection body Estyn reveals that although initiatives are in place to address the needs of disadvantaged pupils in Wales, there is still scope for further improvements.
Schools that have been successful in tackling the problem have appointed a dedicated person in an education job to focus on the needs of individual pupils and co-ordinate support work with external bodies. Schools that engage with families have also achieved significant success, improving attendance rates and boosting pupils' confidence.
The report finds that local education authorities do not always share information on disadvantaged learners, while not enough training facilities exist to enable teachers to deal with the issue of poverty.
Recommendations for improvement centre upon developing a coordinated approach between schools and working with other agencies to help families to participate in school life.
Posted by Alan Douglas