Parents in Wrexham could be entitled to a funding grant to help cover the cost of school uniforms, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school such as scouts or guides.
The Welsh Government’s Pupil Development Grant (PDG) is targeted at learners who are entitled to free school meals or children who are looked after.
Eligible pupils must be going into reception or Year 7 in September, or aged between 4 or 11 in special schools, Special Education Needs (SEN) Units or Pupil Referral Units.
The fund will also cover funding for equipment for out of school hours trips, including outdoor learning, and equipment for activities within the curriculum, such as design and technology.
Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the new ‘PDG Access’ scheme and is urging eligible local residents to apply for funding.
She said: “This fund will make a difference to local families living on low incomes, helping ease the financial burden associated with purchasing new school uniforms and equipment.”
“There may still be a few weeks left of the summer holidays but I would encourage any parents or carers who think they might be eligible to contact the local authority.”
Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, said: “We want all our pupils to have access to the same opportunities – whether in or outside of school – and PDG Access is about making sure that happens.
“We know that the costs of school uniform, sports kit and equipment for other activities can all add up so it’s really important that parents and carers are aware of this new fund and know where to apply.
“If you think you’re eligible for PDG Access then speak to your council today and you could soon receive £125 to help with these costs.”
More information can be found on the Wrexham Council website.