Pupil Deprivation Grant Expenditure at Llanidloes High School
Learning Coach & Mentor
Our Learning Coach serves as a family support co-ordinator. They also provide coaching and mentoring for pupils who access free school meals. This includes one-to-one mentoring, intervention to improve literacy and numeracy, and support focused on raising performance in controlled assessments at key stage 4. They are the direct link between school and home for attainment, attendance, participation and behaviour. They deliver training to Learning Support Assistants who aspire to become Learning Coaches to secure continuity of this vital provision.
Learning Coach and social inclusion
Where helpful, the Learning Coach provides nurture room support for vulnerable pupils during social interaction time – before school, break and lunchtimes. They also help them develop socially where a pupil finds this area of life challenging. This is achieved through group work focused on implementing ‘Talkabout’ strategies.
Due to the rural nature of the school, around 70% of pupils use the school bus service. Additional transport is needed to take pupils home following after school study sessions.
Disadvantaged pupils also benefit from financial support to hire Year 11 prom gowns and black tie dinner suits. This enables them to access our greatly anticipated, celebratory event that rewards learners for their attendance, behaviour, motivation and work ethos.
Reward brunches are culinary rewards for high attendance, strong achievement, high levels of participation and exceptional behaviour.
Extra-curricular activities and clubs are funded wherever needed, including trips, 5×60, rugby coaching and Duke of Edinburgh. This helps us ensure that pupils accessing free school meals are not excluded from memorable activities that effectively promote their health, resilience, cultural awareness and teamwork.