Pupil Development & Education Improvement Grant

St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School

The Pupil Development Grant (PDG) is allocated to schools with pupils who come from low-income families and are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (e-FSM) and pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC).

Schools are expected to make the best use of this funding to implement sustainable strategies that will quickly bring about changes for learners eligible for free school meals or who are LAC.

As a school we have agreed the following three steps:

  1. to identify the target group of pupils, its characteristics and needs
  2. to plan interventions which make the most effective use of resources
  3. to monitor and evaluate the impact of resources

In 2021-22 St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School was provided with a PDG allocation of  £81,650 funding for pupils eligible for FSM and £33,350 for EY funding bringing a total of £115,000.

At St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School we have a comprehensive plan, agreed and monitored by Swansea Local Authority to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.

We have used the funding available to:

  • enhance teaching and learning by providing ‘catch-up’ programme of support
  • provide intervention and support programmes that are proven to have the greatest impact and to be sustainable- targeting small group support
  • provide specific high quality training for school staff, including speech and language link, subject specific training
  • implement and use data tracking systems to identify learners’ needs, target interventions and monitor impact.
  • improve attendance of target group by using our pastoral staff in conjunction with the EWO service
  • developed leadership capacity to prioritise the impact on the quality of provision and outcomes
  • support learners and their families by the interventions of our pastoral staff

Our detailed plan is available here:

PDG Spend Plan 2021-22

St Joseph’s PDG Spend Plan 2020-21

EIG plan 2021-22

St Joseph’s EIG plan 2020-21

Impact of spending in 2020-21

  • Pupils entitled to eFSM offered a Chromebook during lockdown to support teaching and learning
  • Use of welcomm and speech link assessments demonstrate progress made by eFSM pupils in speech and language
  • Baseline assessments identify eFSM pupils and targets set are ambitious and support accelerated learning
  • Limited data available due to closure of school due to pandemic
  • Survey from parents indicate that 100% of eFSM pupils returned to school positively in September 2020