Huw Lewis: Breaking link between poverty and academic achievement is priority

The education priority of the Welsh government should shift towards tackling the link between poverty and poor academic achievement, the education minister has said.

Huw Lewis said the effects of poverty were apparent before children had even started school.

The comments came in his first major speech since taking the post in June.

“From tonight, cutting the link between deprivation and attainment becomes our top priority,” he said.

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