What Is The Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is additional funding allocated to all schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. This budget includes pupils who are currently entitled to free school meals, have been entitled to free school meals in the past six years (FSM ‘Ever 6’), children who are cared for or adopted from care, and children whose parents are in the armed forces.
Find out more about Pupil Premium on the Governments website.
How Should The Money Be Spent?
It is entirely up to individual schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent, however there is an expectation that schools can prove the impact this money has had on its disadvantaged pupils. It is imperative that as a school we fully understand each of our disadvantaged pupils and know exactly what they need to help them to ‘be the best they can be’ in their learning. Our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement provides an outline of our approach ensuring we achieve maximum impact with the Pupil Premium grant. Our Approach to Pupil Premium document will give you the detail behind our strategy.
The Government is providing £150 million of 'Sport Premium' funding per annum (academic year) to primary schools to support the delivery of PE and School Sport. The Sports Premium funding can be used in a variety of ways to enhance and improve the opportunities for children before, during and after the school day.
The following sports funding report explains the breakdown of the spend, the impact and the sustainability of the funding. The funding aims to improve sport, PE and Physical Education through five key indicators:
The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity.
Raising the profile of PE and sport across the whole school as a tool for whole school improvement.
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
Offer all pupils a broader experience of a range of sports and activities.
Increased participation in competitive sport.
Our PE Lead, Mrs Houghton, continues to ensure we provide a wide range of opportunities and sports clubs at West Ashtead Primary Academy. This includes numerous clubs before, during and after school; lunchtime activities with sports leaders; and organisation of multiple sporting fixtures and festivals.
Through the PE and Sports Premium funding, we have ensured that there are opportunities for all children – regardless of age, background and ability – to participate in sport and physical activity.