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.