Ysgol Penmorfa has received £109,200 in the financial year 2015-16 as part of the Pupil Deprivation Grant in Wales. This money is delegated to schools to ensure that the learning needs of some of the most vulnerable learners are further supported by targeted learning activities and support. Ysgol Penmorfa is using this money to undertake the following activities:
- Employ a teacher to cover the Deputy Head’s class. The Deputy will be released to provide PPA cover throughout Key Stage 2 to monitor standards, continuity and progression. This will ensure high quality teaching for each class, with a particular focus on those who are identified as under-attaining.
- HLTA to be deployed to deliver intervention programs for free school meal / low ability pupils, and to extend the Nurture Group and Wellbeing program. This will improve confidence and self-worth of pupils to help them to achieve their potential. It also provides respite to other pupils within their class and makes the targeted pupils more receptive to learning.
- Appointment of an Attendance Clerk to improve attendance and punctuality, and work with families to increase levels of engagement and partnership.
- Additional support in upper Key Stage 2 to carry out interventions and deliver targeted support for specific pupils. Attainment will be increased through working in smaller groups to help them achieve their potential.
- Music lessons for specific FSM pupils have been provided to help build confidence and improve well-being in a creative environment. Music offers mechanisms by which they can form relationships through working cooperatively and allows vehicles of expression other than traditional written and verbal.
The impact and evaluation of these activities is undertaken on a regular basis.