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Strategic Plans

Professional Learning Grant 2020/2021

The Welsh Government have awarded all schools in Wales with extra financial support to enable all teaching and learning staff to prepare for the new curriculum for Wales. Schools are required to publish their plans.

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At St Joseph’s RC High School, the Professional Learning Grant will support us in realising our commitment to improving the quality of learning and teaching across the school. This means ensuring our professional learning offer for staff meets the expectations and vision set out by the Welsh Government who consider the development of schools as learning organisations a key means for realising the new curriculum. The key seven dimensions within this vision are:

  • Developing a shared vision centered on the learning of all learners
  • Creating and supporting continuous learning opportunities for all staff
  • Promoting team learning and collaboration among all staff
  • Establishing a culture of enquiry, innovation and exploration
  • Embedding systems for collecting and exchanging knowledge for learning
  • Learning with and from the external environment and wider learning system
  • Modelling and growing learning leadership

Pupil Development Grant (PDG)

The School receives a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government to support pupils in receipt of free school meals (FSM). The key aim of the grant is to reduce the impact of poverty on educational attainment. This financial year (2020/21) the school received £193,200.

The school has 1198 pupils (Years 7-11 September 2020). 16.85% are in receipt of free school meals. 

The grant has been used this financial year to support the following activities / initiatives:

  • Provide 2 learning coaches to support and remove barriers to learning and raise pupil aspirations
  • Provide 2 teachers to reduce class sizes in Maths and Science in order to maximise the teaching and learning opportunities for the FSM pupils in Maths and Science
  • Employ a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to provide intervention for the FSM pupils in KS3 looking at developing their literacy and numeracy skills
  • Fund an accelerated reader programme
  • Employ ­1 full-time Cover Supervisor to enable senior leaders to provide strategic leadership to impact on the attainment of FSM pupils.
  • Provide a rewards and excellence programme linked to attainment.

The School’s PDG grant plans are presented to and agreed annually with our Governing Body and monitored/scrutinised by the South East Wales Education Advisory Service (EAS) and the Local Authority. Spending against our agreed plan is reported regularly to the Governing Body Finance Committee. This same process also applies to our Education Improvement Grant (EIG).

Recover, Raise Standards Grant
Accelerating Learning Programme (ALPs) 20-21

Amounts Allocated : £47,472, £43,181, £38,263 and £10,000

  • Employ 1 Literacy and 1 Numeracy Teacher to work with KS3 and KS4 vulnerable pupils to ensure they have a tailored programme of literacy and numeracy support.
  • Employ 5 Cover Supervisors, 1 Learning Coach and 1 Teaching Assistant to work with KS3, KS4 and KS5 vulnerable pupils to ensure they have a tailored programme of academic catch up and wellbeing support.
  • Purchase a supply of digital devices and a range of departmental resources to ensure vulnerable pupils in KS3, KS4 and KS5 have access to devices to engage in blended learning and revision guides and text books.