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Pupil Development Grant Plans for 2017 - 2018

This page gives information on how we spend our Pupil Development Grant (PDG).

Pupil Development Grant (PDG) for 5-15 year olds

 

There are currently 148 pupils on the school roll (September 2016); this is an increase from the 130 that were on the school roll in September (2015).

Our free school meal population remains under 50%; there has been little change in this figure from last year.

Trinity Fields’ total allocation for PDG for 2017-2018 is: £46, 000.00; this figure has decreased by £2, 300.00 since the 2016-2017 allocation.

We are undertaking the following opportunities to support pupils who are facing some of the challenges of poverty and deprivation:

 

  • Improving pupil outcomes in literacy, numeracy and digital competence (Welsh Government [WG] priority) through targeted interventions such as music therapy, outside learning etc.
 
  • Improving pupil outcomes in communication, independence and PSD through a whole school THRIVE approach.
 
  • Reducing the impact of poverty (WG priority).
 
  • Developing bespoke provision for pupils with very complex learning and behavioural needs: rebound therapy, music therapy and animal therapy (Better out than in project etc.)
 
  • Engaging families, with a particular focus on partnership working and training for “dads and lads”.

 

  • Continuation of weekly music therapy sessions to enhance pupil engagement, interaction and communication using the Sounds of Intent Framework to monitor and evaluate the impact of the provision on the progress of pupils who are accessing music therapy.

 

  • Extension of our eye tracking project to develop and enhance pupils’ receptive language and cognitive development and using the assessment information to plan bespoke areas of experience and learning for individual pupils.

 

  • Funding will also be used to make full use of the wide range of technology that we have in school, including the specialist knowledge of staff to begin to develop and implement a whole school approach to the Digital Competence Framework (Welsh Government 2016), as well as using this technology to implement bespoke approached for some of our “harder to engage” pupils.

 

  • Ongoing training and support for staff in therapeutic rebound therapy, with targeted pupils accessing weekly sessions to extend their learning experiences and improve their interaction and communication skills.

 

Early Years Pupil Development Grant (EYPDG) for 3-4 year olds

Our EYPDG allocation for 2017-2018 is £3,000.00; this funding will be used to provide baseline assessments for our youngest pupils using eye gaze and other emerging technology and to develop their early interaction and communication skills.

 

Our EIG/PDG plans are regularly scrutinised by the governing body, supported by advice and challenge from the local authority and from the Education Achievement Service (EAS).

Full details of our EIG/PDG plans are included in our school development plan and are available at the school.

 

Links with United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC):

Article 3 (Best interests of the child): The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. All adults should do what is best for children. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. This particularly applies to budget, policy and law makers.

Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child): When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.

Article 23 (Children with disabilities): Children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support, as well as all the rights in the Convention, so that they can live full and independent lives.

Article 28 (Right to education): All children have the right to a primary education; young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable.

Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.

Contact Us Heading

Trinity Fields School & Resource Centre
Caerphilly Road
Ystrad Mynach
Caerphilly
CF82 7XW
Email: tflsa@caerphilly.gov.uk
Tel: 01443 866000 Fax: 866045