PARENTS across Wales could be entitled to £125 to help cover the cost of school uniforms, sports kit and kit for sports and activities outside of school such as scouts and guides.

The new fund, PDG (Pupil Development Grant) Access, is targeted at learners who are eligible for free school meals or children who are looked after and are going into reception class or Year 7 in September and aged 4 or 11 in special schools, Special Educational 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.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams and WLGA Leader Debbie Wilcox have urged parents/carers of eligible children to speak to their council today about applying for the new funding.

Kirsty Williams said: “We want all our pupils to have access to the same opportunities and PDG Access is about making sure that happens."