Poverty and low educational achievement in Wales: student, family and community interventions

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Egan, David
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 February 2013
Education and Skills, Families
Social welfare
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The Welsh Government is committed to reducing poverty and its effects, including the educational gap between children in low-income families and their better-off peers. This Viewpoint draws on recent evidence assembled by JRF to consider how student-, family- and community-focused interventions can best contribute to breaking the link between poverty and low educational achievement in Wales.

Policy outlined in the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan and its Guidance for schools on the implementation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant has two main strategies for reducing poverty’s impact on educational achievement: learning- and teaching-focused interventions on the one hand, and student-, family- and community-focused interventions on the other. This Viewpoint recommends that future policy initiatives in the Welsh education system should combine both approaches, with a particular emphasis on programmes that focus on parental involvement, extra-curricular activities and mentoring.

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