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.
The inquiry will focus specifically on:
*The inquiry is not looking at educational improvement more generally as such an inquiry would be too wide in scope for an individual Committee inquiry. The inquiry is therefore not about the general £100 million pledged within this Assembly for improving school standards across the board but is focused on funding which the Welsh Government targets at improving the performance and standards of specific groups of pupils and schools.
** There are various funding streams, which are over and above general education funding. However, this inquiry is primarily concerned with the pupils and schools targeted by funding from the PDG and Schools Challenge Cymru. These include the aspects of the Education Improvement Grant (EIG) intended to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, and Minority Ethnic learners, and funding for meeting learners’ Additional Learning Needs (ALN). The Committee has already undertaken an inquiry into the EIG as well as scrutiny of the ALN Bill.
The deadline for responses is 5 January 2018. Please send your views to: SeneddCYPE@assembly.wales
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Children, Young People and Education Committee
National Assembly for Wales
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