As you may be aware, the Education Minister has recently announced £29m across Wales for this academic year (2020/21) to support accelerated learning following the Covid-19 Pandemic. The primary purpose of the funding is to allow Schools to put in place and deploy additional human capacity in order to support learners in addressing their needs following the initial COVID-19 crisis and period of school closure. Within the school our funding is targeted at all Pupils, but particularly focusses on vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our School community.
This funding will be used at our school in order to develop Pupils as independent learners through providing support and encouraging engagement with learning, through a Coach (or Mental Health Practitioner). This is in recognition that the most disadvantaged learners will need emotional support before they are able to fully engage with learning again.
The grant is only to be used by schools for additional human resources in achieving the above aim – it is not eligible to be used for equipment or consumable. Our school will be using the funding in order to put in place a part time mental Health Practitioner who will be able to provide counselling and support to our most vulnerable learners, and those struggling with their self-esteem at this time. We aim to work across the Afon Taf Cluster of schools in establishing this role.
Details regarding the funding and spending plan in school can be found below.