The pupil deprivation grant supports the Welsh Government’s national priorities for all schools between 2013 and 2017. The priority of the pupil deprivation grant (PDG) is to reduce the impact of poverty on educational attainment.
The Welsh government has stated that each individual school is able to decide how it spends its allocation of money to best improve attainment. At Bedwas Junior School, we have planned a series of interventions and activities to ensure that the FSM children in school receive the maximum benefit of the pupil deprivation (PDG) grant.
The total number of pupils on school roll for September 2016 is 166 pupils. The school’s FSM population is under 25%. This is largely the same number as the previous year.
The total allocation of PDG to this school for April 2016 to March 2017 is £32,200.
The school undertakes the following activities in order to support pupils facing the challenges of poverty and deprivation:
- Parenting programmes which support learning at home. This includes strategies for teaching reading, spelling and mathematical calculations;
- Creative art activities to support pupil wellbeing;
- Small group interventions raising attainment in literacy and mathematics;
- Monitoring and evaluation activities to consider the quality of interventions across the school.
- Additional support for vulnerable pupils.
The school’s PDG and EIG Plans are regularly scrutinised by the Governing Body, supported by advice from the EAS and monitored by the Local Authority.