Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn 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 (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 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 2015-16 Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn was provided with a PDG allocation of £71,400. At Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn 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 programme of support in literacy and numeracy.

•   Provide intervention and support programmes that are proven to have the greatest impact and to be sustainable. These include learning coach support; literacy and numeracy intervention at Key Stage 3; Maths, English and Welsh intervention at Key Stage 4; GCSE booster classes; examination skills days and after school homework clubs.

•   Implement and use data tracking systems to identify learners’ needs, target interventions and monitor impact.

•   Improve attendance of target group by working with the Local Authority on pupil engagement strategies.

•   Support learners and their families by individual providing pastoral support packs;
parental classes in literacy and numeracy and university taster days;

Our detailed plan which includes details in respect to how we’re spending the grant is available from the school upon request.