School Attendance and Pupil Welfare

School Uniform and Assistance

Pupil Development Grant Access

In July 2018 the Welsh Government introduced a new scheme called the Pupil Development Grant – Access.

The grant is available to pupils who are eligible for free school meals  and entering:

  • Reception

  • Year 3

  • Year 7

  • Year 10

of maintained schools in September 2019 or special schools, special needs resource bases and pupil referral units, and who are aged 4 or 11 in September 2019.

Funding of up to £125 is available for each eligible learner with the exception of those in Year 7.  Eligible learners in Year 7 will be entitled to a maximum of £200.

 

Funding can be used towards the purchase of

  • School uniform including coats and shoes

  • School sports kit including footwear

  • Uniform for enrichment activities, including not limited to scouts, guides, cadets, marital arts, sports, performing arts or dance

  • Equipment e.g. school bags and stationery

  • Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology

  • Equipment for out of school hour's trip such as outdoor learning e.g. waterproofs

This is not an exhaustive list, and there is some discretion about what could be funded – but it must be something that will support the achievement of the child. 

IT equipment, such as mobile phones and iPads, is excluded from this funding.

 

Pupil Development Grant Access PLUS

Pembrokeshire Pupil Development Grant Access Plus is a Pembrokeshire County Council Scheme to help parents in difficult circumstances with school uniforms.

From April 2019, Pembrokeshire County Council will offer a grant of up to £125 per statutory school age pupil for

  • School uniform including coats and shoes

  • School sports kit including footwear

  • Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts, guides, cadets, martial arts, sports, performing arts or dance

  • Equipment e.g. school bags and stationery

  • Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology

  • Equipment for out of school hour's trips such as outdoor learning e.g. waterproofs

This is not an exhaustive list, and there is some discretion about what could be funded – but it must be something that will support the achievement of the child.  Decisions on applications will be made by the Pupil Support Officer for your school.

Examples of difficult circumstances may include:

  • Families experiencing moving over to Universal Credit and experiencing significant delays in receiving benefit payments

  • Loss of possessions due to an event beyond your control such as fire or flood

  • A child who has to move schools at short notice at the advice of the Local Authority

You can get an application form by ringing us on 01437 764551.

 

Other assistance for low-income households

There are other limited potential sources of financial help:

Parents receiving Income Support, Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit or payment on account of one of these benefits or entitlements for at least 26 weeks may be able to apply for a social fund budgeting loan under the category of clothing and footwear from Jobcentre Plus. Claimants currently claiming Universal Credit can apply for a Budgeting Advance.

Help may be available from governing bodies or parents' associations of schools. This may be financial support from a hardship fund, a savings scheme or through the provision of second-hand clothing.

 

ID: 5323, revised 04/09/2019