Education Minister Kirsty Williams doubles funding to support Wales’ most disadvantaged learners with £10m package

More than £10m will be made available to extend a Welsh Government programme that provides support to the most disadvantaged learners in Wales.

Speaking on a visit to Cardiff primary school Ysgol Glan Morfa, the Minister confirmed that funding for Wales’s Pupil Development Grant Access scheme would be doubled to cover additional years in 2020/21 and that the grant’s terms would be extended to allow the purchasing of laptops and tablets in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding of £10.3m – an increase from £5.1m in 2019/20 – will allow the Welsh Government to extend the scheme to provide support for those in years 1, 5, 8, 9 and 11, at a rate of £125 per learner.

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