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 £127,650 PDG and have planned to spend it in the following ways:
£25868 on the cost of salaries for teachers who work with our eFSM pupils;
£62388 on the cost of salaries for our teaching assistants who work with our eFSM pupils;
£21073 for our Family Liaison Officer who supports families.
£4000 is used to support eFSM pupils to attend the residential visits;
£1000 is used to support trips and visits to enhance the children's classroom projects;
£4000 is used to provide music lessons for children in Year 4 and bursaries for individual music lessons;
£5000 is used to provide home tuition for children unable to attend school;
£2000 is used for staff training, including Forest Schools, Speech and Language and Emotional Literacy Support and
£1000 is used for additional resources.
Early Years PDG
We also have a grant of £32200 for our pupils in Nursery and Reception who are eligible for FSM. This is used to employ 2 Teaching Assistants in the Early years who work on speech and language interventions for the youngest children.