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Welsh government launching pilot to stop poverty impacting educational achievement

The Welsh Government have launched a new pilot programme to provide support to schools in their mission to tackle the impact that the poverty has on pupil’s educational attainment.

A team of seven headteachers from across Wales have been brought together to share their experience and help to shape key national policies and oversee projects that are inspiring communities.

The pilot is to run for six months, with peer-to-peer support in schools alongside helping to inform the Welsh Government in how their educational attainment policies can be based around their experiences and best practice.

Jeremy Miles, Welsh Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce our new Attainment Champions, Those appointed have demonstrated sustained progress in addressing the impact of poverty on educational attainment. They have strong experience of mentoring and insight into the increasing pressures the cost of living crisis is having on families. I very much look forward to working with you all over the next six months.”

The National Academy for Educational Leadership are also supporting the Welsh Government, helping them to recruit the new Attainment Champions.

Chief Executive of the National Academy for Educational Leadership, Tegwen Ellis, said:

“We are extremely pleased that the National Academy for Educational Leadership is to be leading this important pilot on behalf of the Welsh Government. Tackling the impact off poverty on education is a priority for us all and the attainment champions will provide us with an approach to do this.”

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