Teachers in Wales will be given advice on how they can best tackle poverty and disadvantage in their schools.
Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales, is publishing a good practice guide which puts forward a number of recommendations to help teachers understand and deal with poverty and disadvantage in the classroom.
According to Estyn's research, children in Wales who are from poorer backgrounds will generally not do as well as their peers at school. This has a particular impact on boys, who can become disengaged at a young age.
The education guide attempts to offer a series of best practice case studies and advice to help tackle this issue.
One of these recommendations is to involve parents to a greater degree in their children's education.
According to the guide, the best schools:
- Set quantifiable targets to raise the achievement of disadvantaged learners.
- Make better use of data to analyse and predict the performance of individual learners.
- Offer training for teachers to that they are better equipped to tackle the problem of poverty and disadvantage.
- Secure stronger parental engagement.