Parents and carers are being encouraged to take advantage of financial support that aims to help meet the cost of the school day as well as enabling participation in extra-curricular activities.
The Pupil Development Grant (PDG) Access scheme provides grants to help families on low incomes purchase school uniform, kit and equipment.
Looked after children and pupils receiving free school meals are entitled to a grant if they are:
- Entering reception class in primary school
- Entering Year 3
- Entering Year 7
- Entering Year 10
- Aged 4 or 11 in special schools, special needs resource bases or pupil referral units
Children can receive £125 for each application, with children entering Year 7 able to apply for £200 (reflecting the additional costs of starting secondary school).
Kirsty Williams announced a financial boost to PDG Access ahead of the Welsh Liberal Democrat’s Spring Conference in 2019, and the scheme is now worth £5million in total.
PDG Access is an expansion of the Pupil Development Grant (or Welsh Pupil Premium), a Welsh Liberal Democrat policy that has supported Wales’ most disadvantaged pupils with more than £485million since its introduction in 2012.
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“School can be an expensive time for families and it’s important to do what we can to support them. I encourage parents and carers to see whether they are eligible and take advantage of the financial support available to them.”
Families wanting more information should contact their local authority: https://gov.wales/pupil-development-grant-access