Penarth AM welcomes new funding for disadvantaged pupils
12:30pm Monday 16th July 2012 in News
PENARTH AM Vaughan Gething has welcomed an announcement that disadvantaged pupils in Penarth and Sully will benefit from funding of more than £180,000.
The money, part of the Welsh Government's £32.4 million Pupil Deprivation Grant, is intended to help less-well-off pupils in Welsh schools.
Primary and secondary schools in Penarth and Sully will receive an extra £181,800 under the plans, and will be given the flexibility of how to spend the money to best meet local needs.
Each school will receive money for pupils aged 5 to 15 who qualify for free school meals - equating to an additional £450 per eligible pupil.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "This money is a major boost for our schools and has one clear aim - to reduce the link between deprivation and educational attainment."
AM Vaughan Gething said: "This money should help to make a real difference in our schools. We want all of our children to reach their potential, regardless of their background."