Grants to provide financial support to help tackle the effects of poverty on attainment.
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:
- to identify the target group of pupils, its characteristics and needs.
- to plan interventions which make the most effective use of resources.
- to monitor and evaluate the impact of resources.
For 2017-18 Ysgol Rhydygors was allocated a PDG allocation of £18,400. Our allocation for 2018-19 is yet to be finalised, however it is anticipated to be comparable to 2017-18.
At Ysgol Rhydygors we have a school development plan, agreed and monitored by Carmarthenshire Local Authority and ERW, to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.
In 2017-18 we allocated the funding to provide;
- Support for Health, Wellbeing and Engagement with a focus on attendance
- Fund the salary of an Assistant Leader of Health, Wellbeing and Engagement in order to provide additional capacity to support our e-FSM and LAC students
For the academic year 2018-19 we will use this funding to continue to focus on supporting attendance and engagement through closer home/school links and personalised learning
In addition we will use part of our funding the provide a therapeutic approach encompassing .B mindfulness, with an aim to impart these techniques to our students to assist in their overall wellbeing.