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). There is also funding for those pupils who have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months (LAC).
St. Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School received a grant of £47736 in the financial year 2014-15. This money is being used to ensure that the learning needs of some of the most vulnerable pupils in our school are met.
We have made research led decisions to determine how the funding will be used, identifying ways of spending the money that will have the greatest impact on the eligible pupils. We have therefore used the funding available to:
- Provide enrichment and extra-curricular activities to increase the participation of our most vulnerable students, and to create an environment and culture where these pupils feel able to “stay” in school outside the normal school hours. This includes instrumental tuition. (£4350)
- Part-fund a Maths intervention teacher and an English intervention teacher – working to ensure that no FSM pupil falls behind in Maths or Englsih (£14000)
- “Study+” – a regular homework and study club supported by Teaching Assistants, which provides a space for pupils to study each lunchtime and after-school. Funding for this initiative covers staffing, resourcing and transport home for those eligible. (£6000)
- Ensure each vulnerable child has access to a dedicated Learning Coach. (£8343)
- Motivational speakers for KS4 pupils (£1195)
- Provide a thematic TA to work with FSM pupils who are also additionally disadvantaged by EAL or other vulnerable circumstances. This post-holder is able to provide additional specific interventions. (£10,533)
- Improve Effective Written Feedback throughout the school (£1500)