Targeted Funding to Improve Educational Outcomes


The Children, Young People and Education Committee conducted an inquiry into the Welsh Government’s approach of targeting funding on particular cohorts of pupils, primarily disadvantaged pupils through the Pupil Development Grant (PDG). The inquiry also considered the complementary yet distinct Schools Challenge Cymru programme, which until its closure in March 2017 focused on schools facing the greatest challenges in improving.

Further data on Key Stage 4 attainment was provided in this Research blog.


Evidence gathering

As part of the inquiry, focus groups were held with a variety of groups across Wales, a summary of these sessions is available. (PDF 96KB)


Report on the inquiry into Targeted Funding to Improve Educational Outcomes. (PDF 1,967KB)

Welsh Government Response (PDF 745KB) – September 2018

Plenary Debate

The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 7 November 2018.




Business type: Committee Inquiry

Status: Complete

First published: 24/10/2017