Pupil Deprivation Grant
Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School
The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) is the Welsh Government’s principal means of supporting schools to tackle the effects poverty on educational attainment.
The purpose of the PDG is to improve outcomes for learners eligible for free school meal (FSM) and Looked After Children (LAC). It is intended to overcome the additional barriers that prevent learners from disadvantaged backgrounds achieving their full potential by:
* Improving standards in literacy
* Improving standards in numeracy
* Reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment
In 2016-17 Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School has received a Pupil Deprivation Grant allocation of £150, 650
We are using the grant to fund the following activities:
* Supporting the Year 7 Summer School - a five day "immersion experience" into school life in the week prior to the start of the academic year aimed at reducing anxieties and developing high quality peer-peer and pupil-professional relationships.
* Provision of "support and stretch" intervention activities in Maths, Science and English.
* After-school homework club to provide a calm and supportive environment for students to complete homework tasks
* "Smile" club - a specific social and emotional after school club designed to develop confidence and resilience in learners
* Match funding with Communities First – continuing the work of our Emotional Resilience Officer developing her role linked with the school's attendance officer. Whilst the Resilience Officer role came to an end July, 2016, the attendance officer's role has been developed to Family Engagement Officer, taking further the work that was established through the initial partnership.
* Training all staff in the "Pivotal" approach to managing pupil behaviour.