The Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto pledged to expand the Pupil Premium. In the last Assembly term the Welsh Liberal Democrats had secured over £282million for the Pupil Premium (Pupil Development Grant), giving each year over 65,000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds the extra support they need to get ahead in life.
The Progressive Agreement stated a commitment to “ensuring every child gets the best start in life through an expanded Pupil Premium”.
As Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams has expanded the Pupil Premium, investing over £90million in the current financial year.
From April 2017, further changes will include:
- Doubling the grant to £600 per eligible child in nursery and reception classes.
- Extending support to all three year old looked after children. The funding can also be used to support previously looked after children who have been adopted.
- Extending the support to pupils whose education happens outside a school setting. Currently only those from pupil referral units received the support.
Commenting on the Pupil Premium, Welsh Liberal Democrat Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said:
“It remains our national mission that every child has the opportunity to succeed.
“I am pleased that this grant is having a significant impact in breaking the link between poverty and attainment that has dogged our education system. However, there is more to do, which is why we are extending the grant to ensure every child has a fair start in life.”