Pupil Premium & Sports Funding
Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools reduce the difference in attainment between pupils from low income or disadvantaged families and their peers.
Pupils qualify for the pupils if:
- they are/have been registered from free school meals (FSM) in the past 6 years;
- they have been in care or looked after for more than 6 months;
- they have been adopted or have special guardianship orders or residence orders;
- their parents are serving in the armed forces.
SCHOOLS ONLY RECEIVE THIS FUNDING IF PARENTS REGISTER THEIR CHILD AS QUALIFYING.
If you feel that your child may be entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), please contact us and we will be happy to help as this is a significant amount of money which enables us to make a real difference to our pupils. (FSM funding is different from the meals ALL children in Reception and KS1 receive.)
We are required to publish information about the planned spending of this year’s funding as well as our previous year’s allocation.
Barriers to Learning
Children who are entitled to pupil premium in our school face a range of barriers that can affect their ability to learn. A number of children in receipt of Pupil Premium also have Special Educational Needs. Parental support for some of our children can also be varied and can fluctuate depending on family situations.
Attendance and punctuality are also issues affecting some of the children.
Behavioural issues also provide a challenge both within the classroom and during group work.
Some of the other key barriers to learning that we try to address through the use of Pupil Premium are access to opportunities, engagement, confidence-building and raising aspirations.
Sports Funding 2018 2019
School currently receives a Sport Premium grant to improve the quality of PE and sporting activities that we offer our children. For the academic year 2018-19 we received £18,110 (this reflected an increase in 2017 to £16,000 + £10 per pupil and includes money carried forward from the previous year). It is up to the school and Governors to decide how to spend the grant, but it must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport. It is to be used to encourage the development of healthy and active lifestyles.
During this academic year school has focused on increasing access to a wider range of sports and activities for our pupils, increasing participation in competitive sports, providing further opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities, replenishing and extending equipment, maintaining and developing our spaces for sport and increasing the profile and importance of wellbeing and healthy lifestyles in school.
School has used the five key indicators from the Youth Sport Trust to ensure we are following best practice to develop and enhance sport and physical education across the whole of St. Michael’s.
• Key indicator 1: The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school.
• Key indicator 2: The profile of PESSPA (Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity) being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
• Key indicator 3: Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
• Key indicator 4: Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
• Key indicator 5: Increased participation in competitive sport
School has chosen to spend the money in five different areas, all linked to the five Key Indicators set out by the Youth Sport Trust.
A. Development of the school resources and spaces. (£5,175).
B. Developing the profile of mental wellbeing within school. (£425)
C. Providing high quality training to upskill staff and impact on the provision offered. (£695)
D. Increase participation in physical activity, including outdoor and adventurous activity, introduction to new sports and activities and competitive activities. (£5,910)
E. Provide increased co-ordination and organisation for our offer. (£4,970
The Table below gives a breakdown of expenditure.
Pupils have benefitted greatly through increased opportunities, access to a wider range of activities and sports, more suitable spaces and equipment and high quality PE provision due to training opportunities.
Next Steps – 2019-20
Next year we will concentrate on areas B, D and E.
B. Developing the profile of mental wellbeing within school. – This links with one of our main curriculum drivers in school. We recognise the importance of this, particular in today’s society and will make addressing this area one of our key priorities for our Sport Premium grant for 2019-20.
D. Increase participation in physical activity, including outdoor and adventurous activity, introduction to new sports and activities and competitive activities. – Feedback from parents and other stakeholders has told us that they are seeking increased opportunities for the children to have access to a variety of sporting activities and in particular competitive sporting activities. We will therefore prioritise participation in competitive sport activities and sporting festivals, looking at not only participation but also increased participation for a wider range of pupils. We will also be investing in how we use our outdoor area and physical activity in the wider curriculum and looking to develop Forest School provision within school.
E. Provide increased co-ordination and organisation for our offer. – Staffing changes over the past year mean that we will need to restructure the way our PE and sport is co-ordinated and organised. This will be a priority as will relevant training for staff involved.