School Development Plan summary

A Summary of our School Development Planning at Crossgates CP School.

‘Growing together, Learning Forever’

Our School Development Plan (SDP) provides a strategic overview of how we will work to improve opportunities for both pupils and staff over the course of an academic year. The plan focuses on how we feel we can achieve the priorities plus what resources will be used, including effective spending of grants to ensure the needs of all of our pupils are met.

The curriculum and assessment (Wales) 2021 Act challenges all schools to support national priorities of

-Improving pupils’ progression by ensuring their learning is supported by a range of knowledge, skills and experience.

-Reducing the impact of poverty on pupils’ progression and attainment.

A summary of the academic year 2022- 2023 is below followed by a summary of future priorities in 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

The plan will be monitored by our School Improvement Advisor and Governing Body.

The school will look for support within professional dialogue, professional research, visiting best practice, attending professional network events arranged by the Local Authority and further afield. The school will also work closely with others in the Calon Cymru cluster.

Priority one–To develop children’s reasoning and problem solving skills. What we’re aiming for –   To ensure that all pupils experience opportunities to reason and apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in a range of context through problem solving and shared experiences.  
Priority two-  Embed the use of HAKA across the school to develop provision and opportunities for science investigations What we’re aiming for Develop children’s skills in applying the scientific method: learn to conduct a range of enquiries, take measurements accurately, present data, make predictions and draw conclusions from evidence.
Priority three- To promote knowledge and understanding of children’s rights through embedding a whole school approach to emotional and mental well being What we’re aiming for Everyone involved with the school places wellbeing at the heart of all they do.  Inclusion is valued, where everybody works together, contributing their skills and resources to the collective good. There is a shared understanding of what constitutes a supporting environment where young people are encouraged to fulfil their personal and academic potential, supported by staff who operate in a culture which values everyone’s wellbeing
Priority four Provide regular opportunities for all pupils to write creatively, at length, across a broad range of genres What we’re aiming for – Create opportunities for writing, inspired by meaningful events and experiences in texts and real life, to enable children to talk and write about their own feelings and experiences. For children to be given time and space to use writing as a tool for thinking, and opportunities to share ideas and preferences, take ownership over their choices and develop the confidence to play around with language features, writing conventions and form.

Future priorities

Priorities for 2023-2024Priorities for 2024-2025
Re-develop “Pupil Progress Meetings” to align with school expectations of standards and progress in line with the curriculum for Wales  
Embed the use of Welsh across the school meeting the majority of the Cymraeg Campus silver award targets  
To continue to improve opportunities for pupils to develop and apply their digital skills  
To deepen understanding of the principles of progression. Continue to embed successful methods of assessing the pupil’s learning journey.  
To develop all staff as leaders of learning to further improve standards through strengthening the school as a learning organisation   
Tracking progression in learning throughout the school and to ensure that provision is effective for different groups of learners  
To continue to provide health and wellbeing strategies to ensure pupils develop the wellbeing qualities that will lead to healthy and confident individuals enabling them to achieve their full potential.  
Further improve ALN provision to meet the needs of all learners    
To build a culture of professional learning that is rigorous, evidence based and collaborative whilst focussing upon preparing for a Curriculum for Wales and wider education reform.

Pupil Deprivation Grant 22/23


This statement details our school’s use of the PDG for the 2022 to 2023 academic year.

It outlines our strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending had within our school.

School Overview

School nameCrossgates CP School
Number of pupils in school121
Proportion (%) of PDG eligible pupils17%
Date this statement was published7.10.22
Date on which it will be reviewed 
Statement authorised byLisa Williams
PDG LeadBev Smith
Governor LeadClaire Lewis

Funding Overview

PDG funding allocation this academic year£ 26,450
PDG LAC£2,400
Total budget for this academic year  £30,000

Part A: Strategy Plan

Statement of Intent

No child should miss out due to circumstances or not have the support to reach their full potential.

Intended Outcomes

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

Intended outcomeSuccess criteria
To support pupils emotional and social well being to enable them to thrive.Thrive assessment Attendance figures Engagement in learning Decline in negative behaviour
To support pupil’s literacy skills through small group work and assistance in classRead/Write/Ink assessment Progress in national reading test Children are able to engage in learning and have the necessary skills to review and improve their work. Progress through reading eggs app.  
To support pupil’s numeracy skills through small group work and assistance in classRapid maths assessment Progress in national reasoning/procedural test Children are able to engage in learning and have the necessary skills and confidence to have a go and tackle problems.    

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our PDG this academic year to address the challenges listed above.

Proposed use  Cost  Hrs   Provision   (staff) 3689.00 6 Per week In class support/small group work (staff) 1564.20  2 ¾ Per week In class support/small group work (staff) 1564.20  2 ¾ Per week In class support/small group work (staff) 6500.00 15 Per week In class support/small group work Support with trips/activities/resources 2500.00   Access to the curriculum Thrive subscription 465.00   ULP 4 ipads 1016.00   Support learning Teachers PET 315.00   Support wellbeing  YP  (staff) 12298.00 20 per week In class support/small group work Nessy 250.00   ULP Total expenditure 30161.40    

Learning and Teaching

Budgeted cost: £26.881.40

ActivityEvidence that supports this approach
StaffLesson observations evidence that all pupils are engaged in learning and supported well
Buy 4 ipadsPupils are able to support their learning.  Pupils are able to learn through different medias.
Small literacy and numeracy groupsPupils confidence in learning and skills improve. 

Community Schools

Budgeted cost: £2,500

ActivityEvidence that supports this approach
Support towards school visits/experiencesLlangrannog Topic trip Swimming School resources

Wider strategies (for example and where applicable, Health and Well-being, Curriculum and Qualifications, Leadership and Raising Aspirations)

Budgeted cost: £ 780.00

ActivityEvidence that supports this approach
Individual and groupThrive
Whole schoolTeachers pet program

Total budgeted cost: £ 30,161.40

Part B: Review of outcomes in the previous academic year

PDG outcomes

Nearly all classes made progress in their class group thrive assessment

Many pupils in KS2 reached expected level in all areas in year 6 from teacher assessments

A majority of pupils made expected progress in reading in FP

A minority of pupils made expected progress in maths in FP

Exclusion numbers have decreased

Externally provided programmes

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Further information (optional)

Selection of uniform that can be taken from school- no cost to families  

Pupil Deprivation Grant

The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) is allocated to schools with pupils who come from low-income families and are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (eFSM) and pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (CLA).

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 CLA.

As a school we have agreed the following three steps:

1. To identify the target group of pupils, this changes regularly so the school reviews the pupils each term
2. To plan interventions which make the most effective use of resources
3. To monitor and evaluate the impact of resources

During 2021/2022 the school’s grant  was  £21,850 to support and improve the learning of pupils eligible for Free School Meals.  Since April 2021 the grant has been used for supporting pupils across the school who are eligible for Free School Meals. The type of support varies with some sessions taking place out of the classroom in the school’s nurture area with individual pupils or in very small groups. Other provision consists of in
class support assisting the class teacher.  Money is also used to support families to pay for trips.

The pupils at Crossgates C.P School have a wide range of abilities. The provision made for each pupil is devised through discussion with the class teacher and the Headteacher. This ensures all programmes and support are individual and help to improve the individual’s learning. Pupil Plans are prepared in consultation with the ALNCO and the Class teacher for children receiving PDG support.

In end of Key Stage Teacher Assessments 2021 most eFSM pupils achieved the expected outcome/level for their year group and the majority exceeded the target and achieved an outcome/level above the expected for the year group.

The Pupil Deprivation Grant is one of the Welsh Government’s principal means of providing financial support for three main priorities for schools:

· Improving standards of literacy
· Improving standards of numeracy
· Reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment

Crossgates C.P. School’s PDG plans are regularly scrutinised by the Governing Body, supported by advice from the LA Challenge Advisor and monitored by the Headteacher.