Pupil Deprivation Grant Statement

The Pupil Deprivation Grant 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 also pupils who have been looked after by the authority (LAC) continuously for more than six months.
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.
As a school we have agreed the following three steps:

1. To identify the target group of pupils who would benefit from additional support and guidance
2. To plan interventions which make the most effective use of resources
3. To monitor and evaluate the impact

In 2016-17 St John Lloyd Catholic School was provided with a PDG allocation of £116,150.
At St John Lloyd Catholic School we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by Carmarthenshire Local Authority and ERW, to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.

We have used the funding available to:

• Enhance teaching and learning by providing intervention programmes for literacy and numeracy both within the curriculum through extra classes and withdrawal for a programme which is
tailored to the individual pupil and their needs
• Reduce class sizes for groups of pupils to maximise teacher-pupil support
• To provide Breakfast clubs and After school provision for our pupils to access support and resources to allow them the opportunity to meet their potential
• Implement and use data tracking systems to identify learners’ needs, target intervention and monitor the impact
• Improve attendance of the target group of pupils by employing a Pastoral Assistant to track, monitor and mentor pupils, also to employ other strategies within school to
improve attendance
• Work in partnership with outside agencies to deliver bespoke mentoring and confidence building, and specific target setting for key pupils to achieve their potential
• Develop leadership to impact on the quality of provision, standards and outcomes within the school
• To provide training for staff on specific emotional and behavioural needs of pupils
• To provide resources and opportunities for pupils to engage in extra-curricular activities during the school year, as and when necessary, to develop their talents and abilities

The aim for the school in allocating this funding in the various ways is to reduce the gap in attainment between groups of pupils especially those eligible for FSM