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Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives show that the number of dyslexic pupils in Wales obtaining a “good� GCSE in core subjects is falling.

In 2017, 76.2% of pupils with no special educational needs (SEN) achieved an A*-C grade in English, compared to 40.2% of 723 dyslexic candidates.

In maths, the figures were 69.9%, 20.2% more than their dyslexic counterparts. The figures for science were 84.5% versus 74%.

The attainment gap for English in 2015 and 2016 was 33.1% and 35.9%, respectively. In maths, the divide was 24.2% and 32.2% in each of these years.

A greater proportion of dyslexic students achieved a good GCSE in science in 2015, but the trend reversed in the following year.

The news follows concerns expressed by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, who warned that children and young people with learning difficulties are not getting the support they need.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, Darren Millar, said:

“The attainment gap between those pupils with learning difficulties and those without is unacceptable.

“Children with dyslexia should be given the support they need to flourish and reach their full potential, yet these figures suggest that this is far from the case.

“The Welsh Government must develop a clear action plan to address the challenges faced by young people with dyslexia to ensure that schools and pupils get the help that they need.�