Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones has welcomed new figures which show that 62 schools in Denbighshire have received £1,073,250 to help disadvantaged pupils during 2012-13, thanks to the Welsh Labour Government’s Pupil Deprivation Grant.

The Welsh Labour Government introduced the Pupil Deprivation Grant to help reduce the impact of poverty on educational attainment. 100% of the funding goes directly to school budgets. In the current year, each school has received £450 for each pupil aged between 5 and 15 who is eligible for free school meals.

Ann Jones said:

“Ensuring that every child can reach their full potential, irrespective of their background, remains a priority of mine.

“The Pupil Deprivation Grant shows how the Welsh Labour Government is taking practical action to deliver better educational opportunities across Wales and it’s great to see how this practical action is delivering on the ground.

“It remains vital that schools make best use of this money and use it to achieve the maximum benefit. I will continue to liaise with local schools about how it is being spent on meeting the needs of our most disadvantaged children.”

Figures from the Welsh Government show that more than £32m of Pupil Deprivation Grant funding has been given to schools in Wales during 2012-13 to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.