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Extra cash to help poorest children starting school

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams is announcing the additional money at the Welsh Liberal Democrat conference. Credit: PA

The Welsh Government's Early Years Pupil Development Grant is going up by nearly 17% from £600 per child to £700. It's paid to schools for each pupil in nursery and reception classes, who gets free school meals or is classed as a looked after child.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams is making the announcement at the Welsh Liberal Democrat conference in Cardiff.

Reducing the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers is at the heart of our national mission to raise standards.

Establishing the Pupil Development Grant is a key Welsh Liberal Democrat achievement and I am proud to be building on this success in government.

– Education Secretary Kirsty Williams AM

Pupil Development Grants were introduced in 2012 as part of a Budget deal between the Welsh Government and the Liberal Democrats. Today's announcement does not affect the higher rate paid to schools for each pupil from a disadvantaged background in years 1 to 11. That remains at £1,150.