Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG)*

Llanwern High School Grant Funding

It is a Welsh Government (WG) requirement that all schools make public the way that grant funding is spent.  All grant plans are regularly scrutinised by the Governing Body supported by advice from the Education Achievement Service (EAS) and Local Authority.  AT Llanwern High School we receive a number of grants each financial year:

Pupil Deprivation and Education Improvement Grant – The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) along with the Education Improvement Grant (EIG) are Welsh Government (WG) iniatives that aim to provide financial support for three main areas of national priority for schools:

  1. Improving standards of literacy
  2. Improving standards of numeracy and
  3. Reducing the impact of poverty on education attainment

Professional Learning – WG awards extra funding to all schools to enable all teaching and learning staff to prepare for the new curriculum for Wales.  This grant is awarded in line with the following 5 objectives:

  1. Transformational Curriculum
  2. High Quality Education profession
  3. Leaders working collaboratively to raise standards
  4. Excellence, Equity and Wellbeing
  5. Assessments, evaluation and accountability supporting a self-improving system

Other Grants – including Non Pioneer / Partner, A Level, SEREN and pre-16 Hub

Grant Awards Financial Year 18/19

  • Total number of pupils on roll 883
  • Schools FSM population for years 7-11 is 256 (29%)

PDG & EIG

  • Total PDG and EIG allocation for 18/19 £372,980

The school undertakes the following activities in order to support pupils in line with this area of grant funding:

  • Supporting learners who are eligible for free school meals and the wider deprived background
  • Support eligible learners who are singly registered in pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • Establish and improve the Ready to Learn Facility (R2L)
  • Embed the use of digital technology to support pupil achievement
  • Literacy and numeracy support intervention programmes in KS3 & 4
  • Learning Coach support sessions
  • Additional English and Mathematics support throughout the year and enhanced at key examination periods in KS4
  • After school provision (L3 programme)
  • Alternative provision, curriculum engagement & attendance support programmes
  • Cluster projects in conjunction with feeder family schools
    • KS2 & KS3 projects with focus on literacy, numeracy and digital technology

Professional Learning

The total Professional Learning Grant for 18/19 is £23,874.  Within the 5 objectives we have a particular focus on the following key areas for 18/19:

High Quality Education profession includes:

  • Accessing leadership programmes to support headship development, Aspiring Headteacher
  • Accessing leadership programmes to support middle leadership core development
  • Accessing leadership programmes to support senior leadership development
  • Accessing the regional coaching and mentoring development programme for identified staff
  • Accessing the regional Curriculum Reform programme days 1-4 and disseminate back at school/cluster
  • Accessing the regional Research and Enquiry Sessions e.g. Critical Collaboration and Professional Enquiry (CCPE) with University of Stirling, development of research and enquiry in school, etc.
  • Allocating a Professional Learning role within the school
  • Attending regional SLO workshops to support the understanding of the framework

Leaders working collaboratively to raise standards includes:

  • Attendance of Headteachers and Professional Learning leads at spring term review of regional curriculum and professional learning event

Excellence, Equity and Wellbeing includes:

  • The Alternative Learning Needs lead engaging in all regional activity to support the realisation of the revised Code of Practice
  • Work on the cluster More Able developments
  • Identification of staff members to attend regional PDG workshops
  • The Wellbeing Lead attending regional workshops to support the ACE developments

Llanwern High School also received the following additional grants in 18/19:

  • Non Pioneer / Partner £5,822
  • A Level £2,000
  • SEREN £1,250
  • SEREN pre-16 Hub £2,000
  • Host School SEREN pre-16 Regional Event £500
  • Capacity Building Achieved in 18/19 £10,000

Grant Awards Financial Year 19/20

  • Total number of pupils on roll is 924
  • Schools FSM population for years 7-11 is 294 (32%)

PDG & EIG

  • Total PDG and EIG allocation for 18/19 £370,402

The school continues to undertake the following activities in order to support pupils in line with this area of grant funding:

  • Supporting learners who are eligible for free school meals and the wider deprived background
  • Support eligible learners who are singly registered in pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • Establish and improve the Ready to Learn Facility (R2L)
  • Support to reduce exclusions
  • Embed the use of digital technology to support pupil achievement
  • Literacy and numeracy support intervention programmes in KS3 & 4
  • Learning Coach support sessions and additional support for vulnerable learners
  • Additional English and Mathematics support throughout the year and enhanced at key examination periods in KS4
  • After school provision (L3 programme)
  • Extra-curricular provision with learning outcomes where appropriate
  • Alternative provision, curriculum engagement & attendance support programmes
  • Cluster projects in conjunction with feeder family schools
    • KS2 & KS3 projects with focus on literacy, numeracy and digital technology

Professional Learning

The total Professional Learning Grant for 19/20 is £38,617. 

19/20 activities are a continuation of the 18/19 plan with additional activities in line with the increased award to be updated once planned and approved.

Additional grants in 19/20

  • Seren Foundation Hub £2,800
  • Professional Learning Lead £3,300
  • ALPS £2,000
  • Seren Post-16 £1,341