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The Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG) is the Welsh Government’s principal means of supporting schools to reduce the impact of a disadvantaged background on the educational attainment of pupils who receive Free School Meals (FSM) or who are Looked After Children (LAC).


The PDG is intended to overcome the additional barriers that some learners face which prevent them from attaining as well as their peers, whatever their ability.


PDG Allocation 2018-2019



PDG Targets

This year the targets for the PDG Plan are focused on:

  • Promote effective family and community engagement
  • Narrow the impact between the attainment of e-FSM / and non e-FSM pupils through collaborative learning and effective engagement.
  • Narrow the impact between the attendance and exclusions of e-FSM and non e-FSM through improved social communication skills.



The strategies being implemented to meet these targets are:

  • Additional Learning Support staff to narrow the gap  (literacy & numeracy)
  • Additional Learning Support staff to improve social communication and family engagement 
  • Family Engagement activities e.g. Forest School, Chatterbox etc
  • e-Cadets
  • Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Developing social and emotional skills of disadvantaged learners e.g. Boxall
  • Continuing professional development 
  • Attendance support and reward system
  • Nurture provision 
  • Growth Mindset resources  
  • Increased sporting activities