Speaking about the Education Minister’s announcement to increase the Pupil Development Grant Access fund to £10.3m, and expand what it can be used for, David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“Extra support for our most disadvantaged learners is welcome. This is an extremely difficult time for everyone in education, but some children and young people will face extra barriers to their learning.

“Increasing the way the Pupil Development Grant Access money can be spent is welcome too, so that it can be spent on laptops. The pandemic has shown us that digital inequality can really have an impact on our children and young people here in Wales.

"This appears to be a sensible decision by the Welsh Government. We really do need to end a situation where schools expect learners to buy expensive uniforms and focus on making sure that the cost of going to school is reduced for everyone.”

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Link to Welsh Government announcement:
https://gov.wales/education-minister-kirsty-williams-doubles-funding-support-wales-most-disadvantaged-learners-ps10m

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