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Save the Children UK
It is unacceptable that at every stage of schooling Wales’ poorest children do worse and make less progress than their better-off classmates. The stark educational achievement gaps reinforce and perpetuate existing patterns of poverty. To break cycles of deprivation, children from the poorest homes must be given high-quality and sustained additional support to ensure they can overcome disadvantage and realise their potential. This will require additional school spending targeted at children living in poverty.