Sir Thomas Picton School 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 as reported in the January 2016 Pupil Level Annual Census (PLASC) return and pupils who have been looked after as reported in the April 2016 (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 2016-17 Sir Thomas Picton School was provided with a PDG allocation of £127,650.00.

At Sir Thomas Picton School we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by Pembrokeshire Local Authority and ERW and produced in partnership with The Family Foundation 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 2016 are:-

- Family and Community Engagement Programme including the provision of Learning Coaches at Key Stage 3 and Parent Pit Stops aimed at helping parents to support pupils.

- Family and Community Learning Programme by external agencies and providers.

- Tutor time aimed at providing pupils with additional time to catch up and develop skills.

- Enrichment activities that will develop and foster positive attitudes to learning by broadening learners’ access to experiences.

- Provision of Learning Resources and Primary School transitional support.


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