Llanelli’s Member of the Senedd, Lee Waters, has voiced his support for additional funding to help youngsters across the Llanelli constituency.
The additional £24 million was announced last week and aims to target those learners who have felt the greatest impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
£7.5m will be used to provide extra support for learners in exam years, with additional teaching time and learning resources. It will help learners to develop their skills, knowledge, and confidence, as well as supporting those who feel anxious about exams. The funding will be weighted towards schools with greater numbers of learners who receive free school meals.
Over £7m will go towards supporting learners whose attendance has dropped during the pandemic. Dedicated support will be provided to support Year 11 pupils who have low attendance to complete their GCSEs or help them reach the next stage in their education or in starting a career, as well as support for pupils in other years. Funding will also be provided to support well-being and education for learners at Pupil Referrals Units.
£9.5m will be provided to further education colleges and sixth forms to support students with their transition into the next stage of their education or career and for activities such as open days and taster sessions for vocational careers.
Lee Waters MS said:
“The pandemic has had a devastating effect on schools. Ongoing disturbances, such as lockdowns, has caused so many issues for our learners. Some have felt the impact more than others. I am glad that the Welsh Government is committed to not letting the pandemic throw any young person off course.”
The local MS went on to say:
“It is always a privilege to visit schools around the Llanelli constituency. I have only been able to visit a few schools over the past year, when it was appropriate to do so, and I am aware of how hard the staff and pupils have worked during the most challenging of times. This funding is essential, and I hope pupils will continue to have a good school learning experience.”