Pupil Deprivation Grant

Here is the information about our PDG …..

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 (LAC).

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 LAC.

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 2019/2020 the school has received £21,850 to support and improve the learning of pupils eligible for Free School Meals.

The school employed  Mrs K Oxford and Mrs C Williams to provide targeted support for the pupils on the eFSM register.

For Early Years we received £3,500 grant to help support reception children eligible for Free School Meals.  The school appointed Miss H Findley to support in the Early Years.

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.

The pupils at Rhayader Primary School have a wide range of abilities and the PDG teacher therefore supports More Able Pupils as well as pupils on the school’s SEN register.  The provision made for each pupil is devised through discussion with the class teacher, Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCo) 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 (Mrs Sian Protheroe),  and the Class teacher for each child receiving PDG support.

In end of Key Stage Teacher Assessments over the past 3 year the trend shows 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.

Since September 2016, Mrs Menna Davies is our Pupil Deprivation Grant Teacher.  Mrs Davies works with the children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  She supports the pupils every morning.  The children have varying needs and her planning ensures all children are appropriately challenged.

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

Rhayader Church in Wales School’s PDG plans are regularly scrutinised by the Governing Body, supported by advice from the ERW Challenge Advisor and monitored by the Headteacher.