Pupil and Sports Premium
The Pupil Premium (PP) Grant was introduced by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long term economic wellbeing between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven. However, the Government has a stated aim to narrow this gap in attainment and since 2011 has provided additional funding to schools to support them in so doing.
Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years (if no longer receiving FSM are known as Ever 6 children) and children who have been in care for more than six months. Currently schools will receive an additional £953 for each child eligible for FSM or who are considered looked after (Child Looked After – CLA).
Children whose parents are employed by the armed forces receive an additional £250.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are aware of the extra support that is available to pupils who receive the PP.
The Department of Education website is a good source of additional information:
What is the funding used for?
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. Appropriate provision is made for pupils that belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This will be through whole school monitoring of data, assessments and discussions with the class teacher. We recognise that not all pupils that receive Pupil Premium funding will be socially disadvantaged.
The government provides schools with Sports Premium funding each academic year to provide additional and sustainable improvements to PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils and to encourage the development of healthy and active life styles. Allocations are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. Money goes directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and P.E; each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Why Do We Have The Funding?
Our school will have the opportunity to spend the sport funding on developing the provision of PE and sport and our aim is to create a legacy for our school for future years in increasing participation and the quality of Physical Education within school.
How Will We Use The Funding?
We will receive our sports funding in 2017 and our primary aims will be to:
- Increase participation in PE and sport through the provision of extracurricular sports clubs.
- Increase the quality of PE teaching by employing a highly trained sports coach.
- Increase competitive sports opportunities both within school, in the local area and within the academy trust.
The advisory board and staff agree that the money must be used so that ALL children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It’s important this funding opportunity is used appropriately so that when it ends, we have a legacy that can continue for future years. Our school places a high priority on our PE provision and we are keen to develop both the curriculum PE and extra – curricular sports during lunchtime and after school.
The school believes that physical education plays a vital role in contributing to a child’s physical and emotional development and well-being. We aim to provide as many sporting opportunities as we can for all our pupils within the curriculum, extra-curricular activities and competitions.
Our long term vision is to develop a Discovery Schools Sports Programme. The programme would see a wide range of sports and events being delivered so that all children and young people would have access to them. In order to do this a “Sports Manager” would be appointed to manage, operate and deliver much of the programme. Specialist coaches would work across the cluster of schools in curriculum and after-school time. By pooling a percentage of the funding across the Discovery schools a strong, sustainable sports partnership would be developed.
- For a break down of the grants awarded and how they have been spent, please download the following PDF: