Welsh Government, Social Research Number: 60/2015

Ipsos MORI and WISERD were commissioned by the Welsh Government in April 2013 to conduct a process and impact evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG). The PDG was launched in 2012 and provides additional funding to schools based on the number of pupils on their roll eligible for Free School Meals (eFSM) or who are Looked After Children (LAC). Schools are provided with funding per eFSM or LAC pupil, and are directed to spend the additional funds on evidence-based interventions to help close the attainment gap1. The evaluation aims to understand how the grant is being used by schools and its impact.

This report is based on the second year of evaluation activity, and focuses on reporting on in-depth case studies with 22 schools conducted in 2013/14 and 2014/15. The report focuses in particular on 10 case studies completed in spring and summer 2015. The report also contains findings from an initial analysis of data from the National Pupil Database.