Press Releases 2014-2015

The Wales Centre for Equity in Education publishes a valuable new resource for Early Years Practitioners and Leaders


A new resource entitled, ‘Making effective use of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant: A resource for Leaders and Practitioners’ has today been published by the Wales Centre for Equity in Education – a national policy and applied research centre dedicated to improving educational equity in Wales which is a joint initiative between the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

With the aim of assisting Early Years practitioners and leaders in making effective use of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant (EYPDG), the resource draws upon evidence from research, inspection and professional practice in Wales as well as from other countries and includes case-studies of effective practice.  The publication also provides background information (drawn from key Welsh Government publications and other sources); offers guidance on how best to target the use of the EYPDG; uses evidence-based interventions; explores opportunities for joint work with Flying Start, Families First and Communities First, and gives references to the many resources and publications cited.

The report’s main authors are Dr Sarah Chicken, University of West of England; Professor David Egan, Wales Centre for Equity in Education and Dr Jane Waters, Faculty of Education and Communities, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  Many Early Years specialists including Academics and Practitioners also contributed to the report.

Dr Jane Waters, one of the main authors, said:

“As stated in the Welsh Government (2013) Tackling Poverty Action Plan: ‘Education has a fundamental role in helping to lift people out of poverty and in protecting those at risk of poverty and disadvantage’. This publication provides advice, guidance and exemplification to Early Years professionals and leaders responsible for the effective deployment of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant (EYPDG).

“Extending what is currently available, this document provides an accessible, yet thorough, evidence-informed rationale for a variety of interventions. The provision of a full bibliography allows further engagement with research literature as required; this is a valuable publication in the drive for EYPDG-funded initiatives with the potential for significant impact,” continues Dr Waters.

The Wales Centre for Equity in Education will be launching the publication on Thursday, September 17th with a Seminar which will be held at Blaenymaes Primary School in Swansea.

For further information on both the publication and the seminar, please visit 

Read the publication in full

Note to Editor

  1. WCEE was set up by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and University of Wales. It represents a commitment by the universities to develop policy, applied research and innovative practice that will contribute to improving equity within the Welsh education system.
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

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