Figures published today show that the gap between children eligible for free school meals achieving A* to C in GCSE Maths, Science and English and their fellow pupils has fallen.
Between 2011 and 2016 the Welsh Liberal Democrats secured more than £280m for Wales’ poorest pupils to narrow the gap between the least and most well off pupils through the Pupil Deprivation Grant.
Since the introduction of the Pupil Deprivation Grant in 2012 the attainment gap between those eligible for free school meals and those not eligible has narrowed quicker than in any period since 2006.
Welsh Lib Dem Skills and Lifelong Learning Spokesperson, Baroness Christine Humphreys said;
“Time and time again the Welsh Liberal Democrats proved ourselves to be the party of education.
“A child’s background should not determine a child’s success in life. That’s why in opposition we prioritised education spending in budget deals, targeting those who need help most.
“As a result of the investment in our least well off pupils, we are breaking the unacceptable link between poverty and attainment.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats want every child to have the best start in life so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed, an ambition that Kirsty Williams is working hard to achieve in Government.”
Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams AM, said;
“We are determined that we continue to break the link between a child’s social background and how they do at school.
“Improving the attainment of those on free school meals is not only good for those pupils individually, it also raises standards overall. That is why we are increasing investment in the Pupil Deprivation Grant that is making a real difference to the lives of children from less well-off communities. We still have a long way to go to make sure every child has a fair start in life and the same opportunity as others to succeed.”