Evaluation of the Implementation of the Pupil Development Grant for Looked After Children: Final Report

The Pupil Development Grant was introduced in 2012 to provide additional funding to schools to help mitigate disadvantages for pupils on free school meals and LAC. In 2015, it was decided to separate the funding provided for children eligible for free school meals (eFSM) and LAC through two separate grants. Allocations for the PDG for LAC were made to the four regional education consortia (RECs), rather than directly to schools, with the aim of facilitating a more strategic approach to using the funding across regions. The allocation amounts to a little under £4 million a year.
The grant is expected to support school improvement to reduce inequities facing LAC:

  • There are around 6,000 LAC with considerable variation in the numbers between LAs and schools. LAC’s prior experiences and their experience of being in care can have profound effects on their educational progress and attainment which impact on their vocational training and employment prospects.
  • While the trend over time shows LAC’s attendance and attainment (up to 2016) has generally improved, there is a large gap in attainment between LAC and other pupils at all stages of education, critically at Key Stage 4 which has a great effect on progression. This is found to varying degrees in all REC areas.

Care experienced children and young people

This week the National Assembly for Wales issued a report on care experienced children and young people.  This report is especially important as Wales now has double the amount of children in care as it did twenty years ago.  

The report takes into account lived experiences of those who have been in care and those who support them.  It also addresses financial concerns and transparency in services and funding in services that are necessary for care experienced young people.

Action Plan: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales

This document sets out theme by theme the Welsh Government’s commitment to improve the educational outcomes of looked after children. It contains a timeframe of specific actions to be undertaken by the Welsh Government and its key partners. It should be read in conjunction with the strategy: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales.

One Year On: Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales – Summary Report

This document summarises the Welsh Government’s programme and the progress made in delivering actions within its six key themes to drive improvement in the educational outcomes of children who are looked after. It summarises what has been achieved under the programme from February 2016 to January 2017 and what is planned for 2017–2018.

Young People’s Summary: One Year On – Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales – Summary Report

This easy-to-read document for young people summarises the Welsh Government’s programme and the progress made in delivering actions within its six key themes to drive improvement in the educational outcomes of children who are looked after. It summarises what has been achieved under the programme from February 2016 to January 2017 and what is planned for 2017–2018.