Grant for low achievers in Wales lacks monitoring

The use of a grant designed to help low achieving children in Wales has not been monitored properly, says the Welsh Assembly’s education committee.

The Education Improvement Grant provides extra support for Gypsy, Roma and minority ethnic children so they can raise their achievement in class.

However, the education committee found that there was little evidence documenting the use of the funding and to show whether it had been beneficial or not. And despite a rise in the number of these students gaining five or more GCSEs between 2017-2016, it was not possible to say whether it was a direct result of the funding.

A spokesman for Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said: “While there has been an increase in the GCSE performance of the groups of pupils that this fund aims to support, we of course accept that there is still more work to do.”

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