Disadvantaged Children Reportedly Falling Behind at Wiltshire School

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As what Coun Chris Devine told the Wiltshire Council, white disadvantaged boys are falling behind at school, and they are performing worse compared to other children. He also added that improvements have to be done.

In a children committe, he said: “Children are being disadvantaged in education as we sit here and talk about it. You might be doing work but it is not shown here. Those tough challenging conversations and work with school is not happening.”

According to Wiltshire Council, it create a programme to challenge schools, particularly 27 primary schools that are not performing well enough for disadvantaged pupils. This move, according to the council, will help improve children’s early language development.

Disadvantaged learners refer to those learners who are adopted, children in care, and those who receive free school meals. In Wiltshire, there are more or less 10,000 of them.

Compared to other authorities, Wiltshire is one of the 50 worst performing UK councils for children in early years, phonics, and key stage one.

Head of school effectiveness, Jayne Hartnell, said:

“It is not a small number but it is smaller than other authorities, relatively.

“One area we are pleased about is for Key Stage four. In terms of their Progress Eight figure and their attainment is relatively good compared with other areas of educational outcomes but still not good enough we feel.

“We have been working with schools and with groups on this agenda over the last few years.

“We are continuing to challenge school governors. A key is improvements in quality of teaching learning and assessments. We are working on those and have programmes on supporting early language development.”

For every disadvantaged learner, schools can receive up to an amount of £2300.

John Proctor, School Teacher Representative in Wiltshire, said: “Since 2011 and the inception of the pupil premium grant, that the gap has not diminished to the extent we would like this is national figures. I’m very sorry to have to say that. Perhaps Coun Devine will accept an invitation to visit the schools and have a look at where the gap has diminished. We have worked hard at diminishing the gap.”


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