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Education and Skills

The Welsh Government’s passported benefits, other schemes and the supporting legislation relating to education and skills.

Passported Benefits and Other Schemes

Free School Meals

Children and young people, whose parents or carers receive certain welfare benefits, are entitled to free school meals.

Further information can be found on our Free School Meals page.

Milk for Primary School Children

This initiative provides primary school age children with free milk at Key Stage 1 and subsidised milk at Key Stage 2, if their schools participate in the school milk scheme.

Further information can be found on our Milk for Primary School Children page.

Primary School Free Breakfast Initiative

This initiative provides all children of primary school age registered in maintained primary schools in Wales to have free, healthy breakfast at school each day

Further information can be found on our Primary School Free Breakfast Initiative page.

School Residential Trips

Children whose parent or carers receive certain welfare benefits are exempt from paying the cost of board and lodging on residential trips.

Further information can be found on our School Charges page.

School Uniform Grant

Children who are entering year 7 of secondary school and are eligible for free school meals are able to apply for help with the cost of School uniform.

Further information can be found on our School Uniform Grant page.

The Education Maintenance Allowance Scheme

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides incentives for young people aged 16 to 18 to continue in education after leaving school.

Further information can be found on the Student Finance Wales website (External link).

The Welsh Government Learning Grant (Further Education) Scheme

The Welsh Government Learning Grant (Further Education) (WGLG (FE)) Scheme provides support for people aged 19 or over to continue with their education.

Further information can be found on the Student Finance Wales website (External link).

Related Legislation

The Education Wales Free School Lunches and Milk (Universal Credit) (Wales) Order 2013

This Order amends the Education Act 1996 that made provision for free school lunches and milk to include reference to Universal Credit.

The regulations came into force on 6 September 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013

This Act places a duty on Local Authorities to provide breakfasts on each school day for pupils at all primary schools maintained by the authority.

The Act came into force on 4 March 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Education (Remission of Charges Relating to Residential Trips) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

These Regulations amend the Education (Remission of Charges Relating to Residential Trips) (Wales) Regulations 2003 to that made provision for the child of certain benefit claimants to free board and lodging on a residential trip  to include reference to Universal Credit.

The regulations came into force on 15 November 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Education (Student Support European Institutions) (Wales) Regulations 2013

These regulations amend the Assembly Learning Grants and Loans (Higher Education) (Wales) (No. 2) Regulations 2011, the Education (Student Support) (Wales) Regulations 2013, and the Education (European Institutions) and Student Support (Wales) Regulations 2013 that made provision for financial support for students who are ordinarily resident in Wales and undertaking designated higher education courses to make a variety of amendment which relate to changes to the welfare benefits system and include reference to Universal Credit.

The regulations came into force on 30 August 2013 and can be found on the UK Government’s Legislation website (External link).

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Scheme

The Scheme is updated for each new academic year. The Scheme will reflect any relevant changes to the welfare benefits system, including Universal Credit.

The latest EMA Scheme can be found here.

The Welsh Government Learning Grant (Further Education) Scheme

The Scheme is updated for each new academic year. The Scheme will reflect any relevant changes to the welfare benefits system, including Universal Credit.

The latest WGLG (FE) Scheme can be found here.