The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that aims to address the current underlying inequality between the academic achievements of pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals, in local Authority Care, have been adopted from care (Pupil Premium Plus), have parents in the armed forces or have received Free School Meals in one or more of the previous 6 years (Ever 6) deprived backgrounds.
Research shows that pupils from the backgrounds listed underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. This fixed amount of money provided by the Government is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament.
Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility with our Pupil Premium lead and a link governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium. In the Early Years and Primary phase, we plan carefully to ensure that this additional funding has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
- Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment
- Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions
- Making sure there is good or outstanding teaching on a day to day basis
- Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new intervention
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower attaining children by extending the provision on offer.
Sports Premium funding is a government allocation to support PE and sport in schools. Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sports that they provide. In essence this means that schools must use the PE and Sport premium to:
- develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that the school provides
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now are sustainable and will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
We use the PE and Sport Premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators.
- Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
- The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and physical activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
Catch up Funding:
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching. While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.