Each year the Welsh Government release grant funding to schools to support tackling the effects of deprivation on pupil attainment. The funding is based on the number of children receiving Free School Meals (FSM) in our School. Whilst we have relatively small numbers of children receiving Free School Meals, the funding received is used to support their learning in groups throughout the school, and so impacts on wider groups of pupils also.
In 2015/16 the PDG grant was used to support and develop staff training to support pupil well-being. Targetted challenge and intervention groups provided challenge to vulnerable groups of pupils (FSM, rural deprivation) to achieve at the expected outcomes and levels, or higher in English and Maths. Staff received training and further development in the development of family-learning and family-engagement clubs and activities such as the Raspberry Pi Club, and Family-centred sports clubs (rugby). To ensure and to measure success against these aims the school tracked the performance of pupils in these identified groups against Literacy, Numeracy and Well-being measures and all identified pupils are on track to achieve at the expected outcome or level at the end of their phase of Learning (Year 2 or Year 6); and approximately 30% of pupils in the cohort are on track to achieve higher than the expected outcome or level.
Additionally, Gwent Music creative development projects, and working with Theatre Groups supported the cohort to access creative arts projects that impacted positively on their confidence, well-being, literacy and ICT skills.
In 2016/17 the PDG grant has been allocated to investing in improving the capacity and skill of staff to ensure that all staff are enabled to support and challenge FSM/Vulnerable pupils. to meet their aspirational targets.
Pupils will benefit from working with Gwent Music and Theatre Groups in further creative arts projects this year, with a specific focus on the development of Literacy and ICT skills. Staff training has been sought to train staff in further intervention support programme in Literacy, Numeracy, ICT skills, Communication intervention, and well-being to support pupils in the identified groups to achieve the expected outcomes and levels at the end of their phase of education (Year 2 and Year 6), and to challenge and extend their learning to achieve above the expected levels in English, Maths and in Well-being. The pupils' achievements will be tracked throughout the year to measure the impact of the support provided by the trained members of staff. The school will use the PASS well-being measures to track pupils' progress in well-being.
For further information about the PDG funding and grant funding for pupils, please see our Annual Report to Parents. If you would like further information, please contact the school office. Thank-you.