The BBC is reporting that most of the 40 secondary schools in Wales which were challenged by ministers to improve have shown progress in their GCSE results.
The £20m Schools Challenge Cymru programme was launched last year with underperforming schools getting access to expertise and more resources.
Around two thirds of the schools had improved on last year’s GCSE results.
Education Minister Huw Lewis said there had been a “breakthrough” in performance.
“These are some of our most challenged schools and to see some of them reporting percentage improvement in the double figures really is remarkable.”
Prof Mel Ainscow, champion for Schools Challenge Cymru, said at this stage Wales was ahead of where London and Manchester had been after the first year of their programmes.
“Overall the results are exceptionally good,” he told BBC Wales…
Although a third of the 40 schools had not improved results, Prof Ainscow said he expected progress at all schools in 2016 and the focus in the second year would be on helping those that needed to catch up…
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