Progress in closing attainment gap

New figures out show the Welsh Government is making good progress in closing the attainment gap between those pupils eligible for free school meals and those not.

Education Minister, Huw Lewis has thanked Regional Consortia, local authorities and schools for their ongoing efforts to break the link between poverty and educational attainment but has said there is still more work to be done.

The latest statistics show pupils eligible for Free School Meals are performing at historically high levels and that there was an overall 2 percentage point rise in their performance between 2013 and 2014.

The more detailed figures show the gap in attainment between pupils eligible for free school meals and their counterpart has reduced at Foundation Phase level, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

Indeed at Foundation Phase level the Welsh Government has already met and exceeded its target to reduce the attainment gap by 10% against 2012 levels by 2017,   and had secured a 11.6% reduction by the end of 2014.