Responding to the publication of a report on targeted funding to improve educational outcomes by the National Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee, Plaid Cymru shadow cabinet secretary for education and lifelong learning Llyr Gruffydd AM said,
“This reports highlights yet another consequence arising from the funding crisis facing our schools. Only last week Plaid Cymru drew attention to the increasing pressure on schools to use targeted funding such as the Pupil Development Grant to make up for shortfalls in core funding. Using these grants for broader purposes and to paper over the funding cracks risks undermining their targeted nature and diluting their effectiveness.
“Plaid Cymru also shares Estyn and the committee’s concerns that a third of Welsh schools are not using the grant effectively. This fund is clearly not realising its full potential across all schools and the Welsh Government must work harder to ensure greater effectiveness and value for money for this near £100m investment.”