Pupil Development Grant (PDG)
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 (e-FSM) and pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (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 those who are LAC.
As a school, we have outlined 6 core areas to be targeted when spending the grant allocated to us. These core areas coincide with research carried out by the Education Endowment Foundation who identify the most effective ways of closing the gap in attainment of learners.
These 6 areas are:
- Teaching and Learning (incl. Metacognition) - To secure effective identification of need with regard to disadvantaged pupils, their circumstances, current achievement and progress, together with clear procedures for tracking individuals' progress.
- Enrichment and Experience - To provide access to high quality learning experiences and enrichment activities, with the removal of any financial barriers to participation.
- Social and Emotional Learning - To develop personal support and intervention to meet pupils' needs, removing any barriers to learning and improve well-being and readiness to learn.
- Parental Engagement - To develop strategies that further engage the family and community including those that support parents involvement in their child's learning.
- Digital Technology - To enhance teaching and learning by exposing pupils to digital technology that enhances and engages pupils, and supports the home-school learning process.
- Assessment and Feedback - To develop strategies and opportunities which allow pupils to refine and improve work, through high quality feedback and peer tutoring which will promote learning amongst pupils.
At Bedlinog Community Primary School we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by the Central South Consortia to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.
Full details of our PDG plan can be found in the document below.