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A report written by young people has found that some children in Wales aren't achieving their full potential at school because they're living in poverty.
The group of young researchers are working with Save the Children. They found a 34% gap in attainment between youngsters living in low income households compared to their better off classmates by the time they reach their GCSEs
Our Education Correspondent Joanna Simpson went to meet one of the report authors who has experienced deprivation at first hand.
Some children in Wales aren't achieving their full potential at school because they're living in poverty, according to a report by Save the Children.
The charity claims that by the time they're studying for GCSEs, there is a 34% gap in attainment between children living in low income households and their better off classmates. **
The Welsh Government says one of its priorities is reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment.
Mary Powell-Chandler is the Head of Save the Children in Wales, and she says this new report presents some important findings.
The head of Save the Children in Wales says it is 'not surprising' that poverty has an impact on a child's ability to perform well at school.
A report by a group of young researchers from Wales is aiming to highlight the impact living in poverty can have on children's education.
Six in 10 youngsters interviewed for the ‘Small Voice: Big Story’ report said a lack of money stopped them joining in with activities at school.
The report also warns the impact of poverty on children's education can affect their self-esteem, confidence and hopes for the future.
Charity Save the Children says by GCSE level there is a 34% gap in attainment between children living in low income households and classmates who are financially better off.
The Welsh Government has said it is committed to tackling child poverty in Wales and closing the ‘poverty gap’ in education is one of its top ambitions.
Nearly 200 pupils aged 11-14 across Wales contributed to the report.