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School Essentials Grant (previously Pupil Development Grant)


The School Essentials Grant is available to help families on a low income, with children who attend a maintained primary or secondary school. 

You can use the grant to buy things like school uniform, sports kit, uniform for enrichment activities, school bags, and stationery for your child. You cannot use this grant to buy IT equipment. 

You could receive a grant of £200 per child if they are starting year 7. 

You could receive a grant of £125 per child if they attend primary school or are in years 8, 9, 10, or 11. 

You could also receive this grant if your child is aged 4 to 15, and is entering either:

  • a special school,
  • a special needs resource base, or
  • a pupil referral unit.

The grant is also available to all looked after children of compulsory school age based in a Cardiff school.

Pupils with no recourse to public funds and asylum seekers entering any primary age year group: years 7 to 11, in the 2023 to 2024 school year are entitled to a grant.

As the applying parent or guardian, you must be receiving one of the following:

  • Income Support,
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (income based),
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related),
  • Child Tax Credit, with a household income of £16,190 or less,
  • Pension Credit (guarantee element), or
  • Universal Credit with net household earnings of less than £7,400.

If you receive Working Tax Credit you will not be entitled to the grant.

If you receive free school meals due to transitional protection you will only be eligible if you meet the criteria.

If you meet these criteria, please complete the School Essentials Grant application form. We will check if you are entitled to this payment with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Apply for the School Essentials Grant​

If you need help or have any questions you can contact us:

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Tel: 029 2087 1071​
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