The Pupil Development 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 as reported in the January 2018 Pupil Level Annual Census (PLASC) return and pupils who have been looked after as reported in the April 2017 (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.
In 2019-2020 Haverfordwest High V C School has been provided with a PDG allocation of £232,300.
Haverfordwest High V C School have developed a comprehensive plan, which will be agreed and monitored by Pembrokeshire Local Authority and ERW to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.
The purpose of targeted and planned PDG interventions and strategies are to directly reduce the attainment gap between FSM and non-FSM pupils. All interventions and activities will aim to improve literacy and numeracy; increase school attendance; improve the engagement with schools by families and communities.
Overall, the plan will seek to foster the value of learning across the school by working with pupils, families, schools and community, in a bid to improve aspiration and learning whilst working towards tackling poverty and provision gaps. This can only be achieved through a cohesive and coordinated PDG Plan that is embedded and links with the School Development Plan. This will be achieved through the delivery of clear interventions that are managed and resourced with robust monitoring and evaluation systems.
The specific strategies to be included from September 2019 are:-
- Raise standards and improve standards across Key Stages 3 and 4 including support through Achievement Leaders, Pastoral Support, the Youth Worker and the School Counsellor.
- Improve pupils’ attendance through the provision of an ongoing programme of after school activities and enrichment activities.
- Pupil development through the provision of a programme of courses that offer a range of career pathways.
Pupil Development Grant Plus - Financial Assistance for Parents and Carers