How do we spend our Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG)?
We are required by the Welsh Government to publish how we spend our PDG. The PDG is the grant that the Welsh Government allocate to each school in Wales in order to ensure that the school does all that it can to close the achievement gap between those children who are eligible for free meals (eFSM) and those children who are not. Coed Glas has been particularly successful in providing this support to the children and their families and this has been recognised through the ‘Achievement for All’ Quality Mark.
In Coed Glas, approximately 22% of the children are eligible for free school meals
This year we were awarded £135000 PDG and have planned to spend it in the following ways:
£40308 on the cost of salaries for teachers who work with our eFSM pupils;
£47140 on the cost of salaries for our teaching assistants who work with our eFSM pupils;
£15661 for our Family Liaison Officer who supports families.
£4000 is used to support eFSM pupils to attend the residential visits;
£6750 is used to run ‘Project Hero’ which is designed to support the most vulnerable children by improving their emotional and physical wellbeing;
£8500 is used for supply cover when teaching staff are out of their classrooms to run ‘structured conversations’ with parents and carers;
£4000 is used to provide music lessons for children in Year 4;
£5000 is used for staff training, including Forest Schools, Speech and Language and Emotional Literacy Support and
£3641 is used for additional resources.
Early Years PDG
We also have a grant of £15300 for our pupils in Nursery and Reception who are eligible for FSM. This is used to employ a Teaching Assistant in the Nursery who works on early learning interventions for the youngest children.