The Welsh Government’s School Uniform Grant has been renamed and is now known as the Pupil Development Grant.
For the first time, learners in both Reception and Year 7, who are eligible for free school meals, or are children who are looked after, will fall within scope of the funding.
Unlike the previous school uniform grant, all looked after children in these year groups will be covered, reflecting the particular barriers this group of learners face in terms of their education.
Funding of up to £125 will be available per learner, which is an increase on the previous school uniform grant.
In recognition of the variety of costs parents have when their children start school and to promote a greater uptake of wider activities by our disadvantaged learners, the funding is wide in scope.
This funding will not be limited to supporting the cost of school uniform; it will support greater aspiration, cultural enrichment, well-being and resilience by covering:
- School uniform;
- School sports kit;
- Uniform for wider activities, for example sports, scouts and guides;
- School equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology; and
- Equipment for out of school hours trips such as waterproofs for outdoor learning.