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Headteachers in Wales have been told they're not doing enough to deal with the impact poverty has in the classroom. It remains one of the main factors in poor education performance.
Now, the schools inspectorate says more needs to be done to help children from poorer backgrounds. Tom Sheldrick reports now on the struggle to close that gap.
Jassa Scott, from school inspectorate Estyn, told ITV News that although there are examples of good practice in schools across Wales, many are still not making tackling poverty a priority.
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 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.