Pupil Development Grant

The purpose of the Pupil Development Grant is to improve educational attainment and achievements of pupils who are entitled to free school meals (eFSM).

More information about the Welsh Government funding and definition can be accessed by clicking here.

As a school, we want to learn from the best practice in Wales and beyond by:
– planning interventions that focus on improving the attainment of pupils who are entitled to free school meals, regularly monitoring pupils’ progress and evaluating the impact of the intervention;
– integrating plans for the effective use of the PDG into the School Improvement Plan, basing our practice on sound evidence and including them as part of a whole school strategy;
– balancing whole school strategies with targeted interventions to ensure that all learners entitled to free school meals benefit as individuals, whilst the whole school develops its ability to support every learner to achieve their full potential.

Each school in Wales is allocated a sum of money the ‘Pupil Development Grant (PDG)’ based on the number of pupils who are entitled to free school meals (eFSM) or are Looked After Children (LAC). In 2019-20 our school has been allocated £17,250.

Continue to fund two members of staff to:

  • Increase support for wellbeing through nurture groups, developing emotional literacy and improving resilience.
  • Increase opportunities to access additional support for literacy and numeracy to support pupils to reach their potential.

At Barker’s Lane we publish how this grant is utilised as part of our School Improvement Plan, a comprehensive plan which is agreed and monitored by GwE, our Regional Consortia and Wrexham Local Authority.

Last year at Barker’s Lane our allocation in 2019-20 was £14,050 which was used to:

  • Continue to fund for two members of staff to increase opportunity to access support for emotional literacy, literacy and numeracy to support pupils to reach their potential.
  • Sustain further implementation of school readiness programmes and parental workshops, encouraging parental engagement from an early age.

At Barker’s Lane we have high expectations for all our pupils and aim to ensure that the necessary support is focused on individual needs of each and every child.

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

All parents can be reassured that all children are treated fairly and equally at Barker’s Lane and that all information in relation to the PDG is treated with discretion and confidentiality.