Performance of FSM students in key stage 4 under the microscope in Wales

GCSE teachers in Wales will be under further scrutiny this year to improve the performance of pupils receiving free school meals, as national improvement slows at key stage 4.

The latest figures in Wales show that key stage 4 is lagging behind in the effort to close the gap between students on FSM and their class mates, and Welsh education secretary Kirsty Williams says she is “determined” that this will change.

Recent figures from the Welsh government show that the performance of pupils eligible for FSM is improving for every indicator at every key stage, but that the gap in performance increases with each key stage level.

The gap has generally narrowed over the last four years at Foundation Phase and key stages 2 and 3, according to the Welsh government, but the “trend is inconsistent at key stage 4”.

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