MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, has congratulated everyone at Pencoed Comprehensive School for their efforts to narrow the gap between child poverty and educational achievement.
The school has been singled out as a model of good practice by the Wales Centre for Equity in Education (WCEE), which examines what schools are doing to reduce the impact of poverty on pupil attainment.
The WCEE identified Pencoed Comprehensive School’s 1,000 Club as a leading example of how headteachers can improve attendance and engagement among pupils. At the start of term, pupils receive 500 ‘points,’ and are challenged to earn more by hitting targets including high attendance, club membership and being active in classes.
This achievement is especially impressive as a studies conducted by both the UK Government and leading charities show that one of the key deciders of a child’s educational attainment sadly remain their household income. With children living in poverty significantly disadvantaged against their more affluent peers.
Huw Irranca-Davies added, “It is wonderful that Pencoed Comprehensive School has been nationally recognised as a model of good practice in closing the gap between child poverty and educational achievement.”
“Every child has the right to a good education, and the culture of support and encouragement that has been developed at Pencoed Comprehensive should be used as a model for schools throughout Wales and the rest of the UK.”
“Education can be used to transform lives, and my congratulations go to Mr George, the staff and governors for making this the case at Pencoed Comprehensive.”