Help for learners to take their next steps as Wales moves forward

The plan sets out how the Welsh Government will use £150 million in additional investment in 2021-22 to continue to support learners, teachers and staff at all levels to help the education system in Wales recover following the pandemic.

The plan aims to address four key challenges. They are:

  • helping learners to develop a secure foundation for learning;
  • supporting learners as they continue their progress;
  • providing help to practitioners to support their well-being;
  • continuing existing moves towards reform in education.

The plan is a continuation of the support provided by Welsh Government, which includes:

  • £33m to support full-time learners aged between 16 and 19 who are starting A level or vocational courses at either a sixth form or FE college
  • £24m to continue support and mentoring for learners through the Recruit, Recover and Raise Standards programme, retaining the 1800 full-time equivalent staff recruited in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
  • £23.2m additional funding for free school meals during the school holidays, bringing funding for FSM for 2021 to 2022 to over £110m
  • £15m for educational technology in schools through the Hwb EdTech programme, improve digital infrastructure at maintained schools

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