The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) is allocated to all schools in Wales where any of their pupils come from low-income families and are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (e-FSM). For this year, Llanedeyrn Primary School receives £1150 for every eFSM pupil aged 5-11 in January 2015, £300 for each eligible pupil aged 3 to 4 years old and £1150 for each pupil who is Looked After by the Local Authority (LACE).
The total received by the School for each part of the grant is as follows:-
PDG = £128800
Early Years PDG = £13500
LAC PDG = £8390
Schools are expected to make the best use of this funding to implement sustainable strategies that will quickly bring about changes for learners eligible for free school meals or who are Looked After.
As a school we have agreed the following three steps:
- to identify the target group of pupils, its characteristics and needs
- to plan interventions which make the most effective use of resources
- to monitor and evaluate the impact of resources
At Llanedeyrn Primary School we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by the Central South Consortium, to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.
We have used the funding available to:
- provide intervention and support programmes led by teaching staff and Learning Support Assistants
- improve engagement of targeted families through the use of a Family Engagement Officer and Time Credits
- provide specific high quality training for school staff, including training in social and emotional support
- implement and use data tracking systems to identify learners’ needs, target interventions and monitor impact. Allowing greater tracking of children achievement.
- work in partnership with other schools, the community and other organisations
- sharing good practice with other local schools on teaching and learning, use of resources etc
- provide non-contact leadership opportunities to monitor progress and to identify best practice internally and externally of the School
- access external support from partners to close the gap of attainment
- staff and resource a nurture group to provide social and emotional support to a range of pupils
- provide and suitably train a Pastoral Support Officer to work with a range of pupils
- provide additional parental meetings for targeted pupils and their families
- provide enrichment opportunities for targeted pupils who may be unable to access the opportunities themselves
Our detailed plan which includes details in respect to how we’re spending the grant is available on request.
The Welsh Government also produces a number of guidance documents related to the grants. Some of the documents are available by following the links below:-
The Pupil Deprivation Grant and Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant (Welsh Government)
Pupil Deprivation Grant – Essential Guidance (Welsh Government)
Evaluation of the Pupil Deprevation Grant (Welsh Government)
PDG spending in Central South Consortium Schools