Pupil Development Grant

Barker’s Lane Community Primary Schools’ Pupil Development Grant Statement

The purpose of the Pupil Development Grant is to improve the educational attainment of pupils from low income families and who are entitled to free school meals (eFSM). Schools are expected to maximise the use of this funding by introducing sustainable strategies which will quickly lead to improved outcomes for pupils entitled to free school meals.

As a school, we want to learn from the best practice in Wales and beyond by:

  1. Planning interventions that focus on improving the attainment of pupils from deprived backgrounds, regularly monitoring pupils’ progress and evaluating the impact of the intervention.
  2. Integrating plans for the effective use of the PDG into the School Development Plan, basing our practice on sound evidence and including them as part of a whole school strategy.
  3. Balancing whole school strategies with targeted interventions to ensure that all learners entitled to free school meals benefit as individuals, whilst the whole school also develops its ability to support every learner to achieve their full potential.

In 2021-22 Barker’s Lane Community School was allocated a total Pupil Development Grant of £12,650.

Barker’s Lane Community School has a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by GwE and Wrexham Local Authority, to promote high expectations attainment and progress and to remove barriers to learning for pupils entitled to this funding. We have used the funding available to:

  • Part-fund a full-time member of staff to create nurture space to support emotional development and well-being
  • Provide time for ELSA trained staff to work with target pupils
  • Provide school readiness sessions in literacy and numeracy for nursery age pupils

In 2022-23 Barker’s Lane Community School has been allocated a total Pupil Development Grant of £12,650.This will form part of the School Development Plan with specific funding for building on work already done with:

  • Funding a part-time member of staff in our nurture space to support individuals and groups with emotional development and well-being
  • Continuing to fund time for 3xELSA trained staff to work with individual pupils

An addition:

  • Create a dedicated space for nurture and sensory needs for younger pupils

It is not appropriate for the school to publish a detailed plan as it could identify individual pupils.