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New Estyn monitoring role is a welcome step - Aled Roberts

March 19, 2013 5:02 PM

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education in the National Assembly, has welcomed the decision by the Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, to support a Welsh Liberal Democrat amendment which will ensure that Estyn, the schools inspection body in Wales, will report on how effectively schools in Wales are using the Pupil Deprivation Grant. The Grant, a Welsh Liberal Democrat policy aimed at pupils in receipt of free school meals, was implemented in Wales for the first time last year and it provides additional funding to schools to help raise attainment levels of children from poorer backgrounds.

Commenting, Aled Roberts said:

"I am delighted that the Minister has accepted our recommendation.

"It was important that today's debate on the Estyn Report raised solutions as well as concerns and I am pleased that we can move forward in a consensual way to deliver effective outcomes for Welsh schoolchildren, particularly those who need that extra bit of help.

"We know that when funding is targeted appropriately it can be extremely effective and I look forward to seeing the results of today's initiative in future Estyn reports."