Tackling Poverty

Reducing the number of people who live in poverty is a priority for the Welsh Government, local authorities and other public and third sector partners in Wales.  Poverty is a persistent, multifaceted problem with wide-ranging consequences for individuals and societies. 

Reducing the impact of poverty on attainment is a national and regional priority.  Supporting schools to make the best use of their pupil deprivation grant is a clear focus for our core work and is highlighted in the ERW Business Plan.

We have compiled a Directory of Strategies and Resources for schools and advisers to enable easy access to available information, resources, advice and research.

Click here to access the Directory.

Click here to access the exemplar of the evidence-based ideas for the effective use of the Pupil Deprivation Grant that can be incorporated into School Development Plans 2015-17.


Estyn’s guidance is useful as are the following local video case studies. 

Examples of good practice by Estyn for tackling poverty:

Tackling poverty through raising aspirations

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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.

 Tackling poverty though improving attendance

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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.

Tackling poverty through a multi-agency approach

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 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.


Useful links: 

Good Practice Wales website


Welsh Government Website




Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.