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The Children, Young People and Education Committee is conducting an inquiry into PDG

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The Children, Young People and Education Committee is conducting an inquiry into the Welsh Government’s approach of targeting funding on particular cohorts of pupils, primarily disadvantaged pupils through the Pupil Development Grant (PDG). The inquiry will also consider the complementary yet distinct Schools Challenge Cymru programme, which until its closure in March 2017 focused on schools facing the greatest challenges in improving.

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The inquiry will focus specifically on:

  • Schools’ use of the PDG and the extent to which this benefits the pupils it is designed to be targeted at;
  • The relationship between PDG-funded support for pupils eligible for free school meals (eFSM) and expenditure on activities designed to improve attainment of all pupils;
  • Regional consortia’s use of the PDG on looked after and adopted children, and the impact this is having;
  • Progress since the previous Children, Young People and Education Committee 2014 inquiry; Educational outcomes for children from low income households;
  • The impact of the Schools Challenge Cymru programme and the consequences of its closure on the participating ‘Pathways to Success’ schools;
  • How the lessons and legacy of Schools Challenge Cymru can be used to complement subsequent policies and initiatives aimed at improving educational outcomes;
  • Evaluation of attainment data in light of the PDG and Schools Challenge Cymru programmes;
  • Targeted funding / support for more able and talented pupils;
  • The value for money of both the PDG and Schools Challenge Cymru programmes.

The deadline for responses is 5 January 2018.

Please send your views to: SeneddCYPE@assembly.wales