Following the publication of an report into the Welsh Liberal Democrat flagship Pupil Deprivation Grant, our Shadow Education Minister Aled Roberts writes...
It is encouraging to see that this Welsh Government-commissioned report has identified a number of positive indicators to show that the PDG is having its intended effect. Particularly, there is evidence to show that a significant amount of new activity has been undertaken to support disadvantaged pupils; there has also been a culture change in schools which has improved the way they tackle disadvantage and monitor impact.
These findings are yet more proof that the PDG is working for disadvantaged pupils in Wales. However, whilst I welcome the fact that improvements are clearly beginning to be made, I am concerned to see that there is 'considerable variation' in how the funding is being used.
The Welsh Government must now address the flaws in the monitoring of the grant and make sure that schools follow Ministerial guidance and make better use of the Sutton Trust Toolkit evaluation system. The regional consortia must now do more to support schools and ensure that even more disadvantaged children are given the opportunity to benefit from this scheme.
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