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2 Million Welsh Fund to Enhance Community Links with Schools

The Welsh Government has announced a new £2 million fund to support greater co-operation and joint working between schools and Communities First Clusters.

Announced by Local Government and Communities Minister Carl Sargeant, the Communities First Pupil Deprivation Match Fund is intended to support and further encourage existing good practice of close joint working between schools and the Communities First Programme in Wales.

Community First Clusters will have the opportunity to secure additional funding if they can demonstrate how they will work with schools within both the school environment and wider community to improve outcomes for young people in Wales who are living in poverty.

The Communities First Pupil Deprivation Match Fund will open from 1 April 2013 and run until 31 March 2015. Communities First Clusters and schools will work together to develop proposals and submit them to the Welsh Government for consideration.

Local Government and Communities Minister, Carl Sargeant said: "This fund gives Clusters the opportunity to further demonstrate how they will work with the schools in their areas to tackle poverty and its impact on young people’s educational achievement.”

Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews added: "We want to break the link between poverty and poor educational outcomes. This fund will further enhance our Pupil Deprivation Grant by helping to tackle the root causes of poverty from within the community and improve outcomes for children from deprived backgrounds."

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