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Ensuring effective support for vulnerable learners

Penllwyn Primary School has used a range of strategies specifically designed to meet the characteristic needs of disadvantaged learners. The school has reduced the barriers to learning and improved the outcomes for all children by devising a tracking system that assesses learners’ wellbeing, attendance, expected academic ability, behaviour and exposure to extra curricular activities to monitor their needs. Read more >

Enabling parents to support their children’s learning

Ysgol Gynradd Talysarn has helped parents to overcome obstacles in supporting their children’s learning. Another project has developed the bilingual skills of pupils and their parents. Read more >

Tackling the impact of deprivation on pupil attainment

Hafod-y-Wern Primary School carefully manages and monitors the impact of deprivation on pupil attainment. As a result, the school has increased attendance, lowered exclusion rates, improved standards in key subjects and built positive working relationships with parents. Read more >

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Video: Tackling poverty through raising aspirations

Ysgol Y Castell Primary School in Carmarthenshire is in an area of high deprivation with 38% of pupils are currently entitled to free school meals. The school organises trips abroad to enrich the learning experiences of its disadvantaged pupils. Read more >

Partnership with parents

Partnership with parents

Ysgol y Foryd, Conwy, uses a number of strategies to involve parents in school life in order to raise standards, provide early intervention and tackle disadvantage. The school works closely with families and both the self esteem and attainment of pupils has improved. Read more >

Community partnership supports disadvantaged learners

Community partnership supports disadvantaged learners

Bishop Gore Comprehensive school’s commitment to supporting disadvantaged learners has made a significant impact on achievement, exclusion rates, understanding and tolerance. A close partnership with the local Ethnic Youth Support team has also helped to build strong community ties. Read more >

A whole-school approach to supporting disadvantaged learners

A whole-school approach to supporting disadvantaged learners

The core aims of Bryngwyn School, Llanelli, are to improve attendance, attitude and the achievement of disadvantaged learners. Their successful strategy using a skills-based curriculum has seen a marked improvement in many areas such as attendance, literacy, mathematics and English. Read more >

Tackling poverty and disadvantage through the community

Tackling poverty and disadvantage through the community

Rhondda Cynon Taf ‘s E3+ programme, ‘Enrich, Extend, Excite’, targets young people at risk of exclusion, with low self-esteem and poor social skills as well as looked-after children or those who are more able and talented. Schools in the area offer activities such as sports, photography, dancing, journalism and cooking to foster a sense of worth and belonging in the school community. Over the past three years there has been a marked improvement in performance in education. Read more >

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Video: Tackling poverty through a multi-agency approach

Coedcae School, located in Carmarthenshire has 24% of pupils entitled to free school meals and 48% of learners come from the most deprived areas in Wales. The school ensures that they know their pupils and families well so that they can provide the correct support. Read more >

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Video: Tackling poverty though improving attendance

Cefn Hengoed Community School, Swansea, lies in the eleventh most deprived ward in Wales. Improving attendance is a strategic priority that has been explicit in the school development plan. Read more >