St Mary’s PDG Statement.
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 (e-FSM) 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, its characteristics and needs
2.To plan interventions which make the most effective use of resources
3.To monitor and evaluate the impact of resources
In 2017, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School was provided with a total PDG allocation of £36,000. This consists of £27,600 PDG and £8,400 Early Years PDG. At St Mary’s we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by Carmarthenshire Local Authority and ERW, to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.
We will use the funding available to:
- Continue to provide behaviour support for those pupils experiencing emotional difficulties through the use of Thinking Detectives and Positive Play.
- To provide additional support (homework club, after school clubs, lunchtime enrichment sessions) for our FSM pupils in addition to mainstream activities.
- Participation in oracy and drama workshops and a variety of performances.
- Nurture groups established focusing on Language rich activities.
- To continue Literacy and Numeracy intervention groups for identified pupils.