Schools 'should do more' to tackle poverty

Schools in Wales need to do more to tackle poverty says a report out today by school inspectors.

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'Common approach' needed for schools and councils

Estyn recommends that schools and local councils develop a common approach and work with other agencies to engage disadvantaged families more in school life.Among the report's other recommendations for schools are:

  • adopting clear systems for working with outside agencies to support disadvantaged learners
  • identifying a senior member of staff to co-ordinate work with external services and agencies
  • making sure staff know how to raise the achievement of disadvantaged learners.

Schools need to do more to tackle poverty, says Estyn

Tackling poverty is not a high enough priority for schools, according to inspectors Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Schools in Wales need to do more to tackle poverty, according to a report from school inspectors Estyn.

The report says that although many schools are aware of the importance of improving stands and wellbeing of disadvantaged pupils, addressing poverty is still not a high enough priority for schools across Wales.