Pupil Deprivation Grant/Education Improvement Grant


The Pupil Deprivation 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).

Pen-y-Cwm School received £33,350 in the financial year 2018-19 as part of the Pupil Deprivation Grant in Wales. This money will ensure that the learning needs of some of the most vulnerable pupils are further supported by targeted learning activities.

As a school we have agreed the following steps:

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

Pen-y-Cwm have an inclusive plan, agreed to promote progress and remove barriers to learning for students eligible for this funding.

We have used the funding available to:

  • Provide a Music Therapist. This role focuses support and development on  and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help pupils improve their physical and mental health and targeting FSM pupils in all classes across the school.
  • ‘Better Out Than In’ Project this is a development of outdoor learning environment and well being, curriculum enhancement through outdoor play and learning environments.  Specific additional sessions are targeted for FSM pupils with a Forest School Practitioner.
  • Improving pupil outcomes in communication, independence and PSD through a whole school TIS (Trauma Informed School) approach.