Pupil Deprivation Grant
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
Brynmawr Foundation School has 716 pupils on roll (September 2014), the school’s Free School Meal population is under 25%, which is slightly more than the population for last year.
The total allocation of the PDG to this school for September 2014 – July 2015 is £176,256 and the school has undertaken the following activities to support pupils facing these challenges.
· Appointment of 2 temporary teachers to allow Literacy and Numeracy Coordinators to lead withdrawal groups in English and Maths.
· Appointment of 2 Family Liaison Officers to work with targeted FSM pupils to improve attendance and to engage parents in supporting these pupils.
· Appointment of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to work with targeted intervention groups and with individual pupils
· Appointment of a temporary teacher to work with FSM pupils in Years 8 and 9 withdrawal groups. The focus being on pupils who have specific difficulty in accessing the mainstream curriculum.
Brynmawr Foundation School’s PDG plans are regularly scrutinised by the Governing Body, supported by advice from the EAS and monitored by the Local Authority.