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The School Essential Grant 2023/2024 (previously PDG Access) will open on 10th July 2023 closing date being 31st May 2024.

The School Essentials Grant is available to children and young people eligible for free school meals (eFSM), Looked After Children (LAC), and those who are classed as No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) in year groups Reception to Year 11.
Funding of £125 is available for each eligible learner with the exception of those in Year 7 who will be entitled to £200 (to reflect the increased cost of starting secondary school).
The Purpose of the Scheme is to provide grant assistance to families on lower incomes for the purchase of:
• School uniform including coats and shoes;
• School sports kit including footwear;
• IT Equipment: laptop and tablets ONLY (School Essentials should only be used in limited situations where a school is unable to loan equipment to the family)
• Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to: scouts; guides; cadets; martial arts; sports; performing arts, or dance;
• Equipment – e.g. school bags and stationery;
• Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology; and,
• Equipment for out-of-school hours’ trips such as outdoor learning – e.g. waterproofs.

To apply for this grant please contact your local authority.

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