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Underperforming Welsh schools get funding boost

12/03/2012 Joanna
Underperforming schools in Wales are to be given £10,000 each in a bid to help them fund improvements and drive up standards.

Having recently announced plans to categorise schools in the bands depending on their performance, Welsh education secretary Leighton Andrews has announced that secondary schools in bands 4 and 5 will be given the funding.

The funding is conditional upon the schools submitting positive action plans that lay out clear targets for improvement.

It will work in tandem with the pupil deprivation grant with the aim of supporting schools and tackling underachievement where it is present.

As part of the funding commitment, the Welsh government expects local consortia to work with the schools to improve their performance, with high-calibre schools sharing their best practice with those that need help meeting expectations.

Giving a keynote speech at Cardiff's All Nations Centre, Mr Andrews also announced that the Welsh government has created a new Practitioners Panel.

The new panel will advise it on best practice and the exchange of ideas among teachers and head teachers as well as the standard of new materials and resources being introduced into the Welsh education system.

"We have some world class best practice in Wales which needs to be shared across the whole of the country and the profession," the education minister said.

"The best teachers I see in our schools are the ones eager to learn and share their experiences.

"I want to see teachers sharing their ideas and the new panel which I’ve announced today will be at the heart of delivering this."

Formed of outstanding head teachers and teachers, the Practitioners Panel will meet on a bi-monthly basis over a period of two years before a new panel takes over.

The government is yet to announce who will sit on the debut panel.

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