The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals or have been eligible for Free School Meals during the previous six years, this is known as Ever 6, receive Pupil Premium funding, as are children whose Parents/Carers are in the services. Children who have been Looked After for one day or more, were adopted from care, have a special guardianship order or a residence order receive Pupil Premium Plus funding.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. Each individual school is held accountable for how they use their Pupil Premium allocation, in order that the funding is targeted towards those pupils who need it the most.
It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. Each school is responsible for monitoring both the use of the funding an the impact it is having upon relevant pupils. Measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding.
PE and Sports Premium Funding
From September 2013, the government allocated £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This extra funding is allocated directly to primary schools.
Schools receive PE and Sport Premium Funding based on the number of pupils in Years 1 to 6. In most cases, the amount received is determined by how many pupils at the Academy attract the funding using data from the January school census.
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils but they are free to choose the best way of using the money.
For example, you can use your funding to:
hire specialist PE teachers
hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
run sports activities with other schools.
The Primary Leadership Team and Governors evaluate Pupil Premium and PE & Sports Premium Funding spending and the impact upon attainment and progress of pupils. At Marine Academy Primary, children access a range of sporting opportunities including Taekwondo coaching - https://youtu.be/zvGNEkjDmu8 shows a fantastic video of the children in Year 6 being put through their paces!
For more information and other fantastic examples and their impact, please see below our Pupil Premium and PE & Sports Premium Funding spending documents: