Funding to support pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds is to be increased, Kirsty Williams announced this weekend at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference.
Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced that the Early Years Pupil Development Grant (EYPDG) will increase from £600 to £700 per eligible pupil. This extra investment will benefit over 15,000 learners who are in the foundation phase.
The PDG provides additional funding to schools based on the number of pupils on eligible for Free School Meals (e-FSM) and also for those children who are looked after (LAC).
In opposition in the last Assembly, the Welsh Liberal Democrats secured the establishment of the PDG (also known as ‘Welsh Pupil Premium’) which has led to over £376m additional investment in schools.
- The PDG for children between Year 1 to Year 11 is worth £1,150 per eligible pupil.
- The PDG for nursery and reception children is now being increased to £700.
Kirsty Williams AM commented:
“Reducing the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers is at the heart of our national mission to raise standards.
“Establishing the PDG is a key Welsh Liberal Democrat achievement and I am proud to be building on this success in government.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.”
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds added:
“This announcement means that the Welsh Liberal Democrats have now secured over £376m additional investment into our schools.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats know that giving our children the best possible start in life is one of the best ways of breaking the link between poverty and attainment; that belief will always remain at the core of our approach to tackling poverty and inequality in Wales.”