Annual data looking at pupil achievements at the Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, by entitlement to free school meals.

Key points

  • The performance of pupils eligible for free school meals at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 has generally improved in each year over the last 10 years for all indicators.
  • However, their performance is lower than their non eligible counterparts at all key stages and indicators.
  • The gap in performance has generally narrowed over the last 10 years at both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.
  • In 2018 the gap in performance for the Foundation Phase indicator was 18.2 percentage points.
  • In 2018 the gap in performance for the Core Subject Indicator was 14.2 percentage points at Key Stage 2 and 19.5 percentage points at Key Stage 3.
  • There is a strong link between achievement and the level of entitlement to free school meals in schools: as the level of free school meals entitlement increases, the level of achievement decreases.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 5060
Email: school.stats@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Achievement and entitlement to free school meals, 2018: tables
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Contact

Stephen Hughes

Tel: 0300 025 5060

Media

Tel: 0300 025 8099