The Welsh government will be spending £20M to improve underperforming secondary schools in Wales. This is following the launch of Schools Challenge Cymru, a new scheme that aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning of students in the country by sharing expertise with high-performing schools.
A Big Difference
According to First Minister Carwyn Jones, the £20M funding would make “a huge difference” to the chosen schools. “It’s going to be a real game changer, providing a generous package of tailored support to help them realize their potential,” said Jones.
Up to 40 schools will be selected and monitored by the government when the scheme begins in September. The details of the criteria and the names of the selected schools will be announced in the coming months.
Education Minister Huw Lewis challenged to follow the lead of a school in Port Talbot which, despite being in a challenging area, performs well, sets high standards, and gives pupils a bright future.
“Today, I’m issuing a challenge to school leaders, senior teachers, consortia, governors and even learners. It’s a challenge to improve,” he said.