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Premium Funding Grants

What are 'Premium Grants'?

Schools receive two different sources of funding from the Government. One is called 'Pupil Premium' and is used for ensuring children it deems vulnerable, ie children eligible for free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of cetain benefits, make progress which is as good as their peers. The other funding is a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and is called 'Sports Premium'. This money is given to schools to enhance sports provision and encourage children to have a lasting love of and participation in a variety of sports. This is done either through the purchase of new equipment, the training of staff or to hire sports coaches with particular expertise in a sport, to work directly with the children. 

Schools also received a one-off, additional grant in 2020/21 called the 'Corona Virus Catch Up Premium'. This funding, worth £80 a child, was to support children to catch up lost time after school closure, especially those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Pupil Premium Grants

The pupil premium is a government initiative that gives schools extra money to target pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to children from wealthier homes. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM) and Looked After children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM. As all our children now receive free school meals the allocation is based on whether parents get certain benefits; these are:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance 
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Child Tax Credit, but are not entitled to a Working Tax Credit and your annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) is less than £16,190

At our school we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children.

Please click on the links below to read our ethos statement, explaining the rationale for how it is used in our school. The other documents are breakdowns of how our Pupil Premium funding has been used each year. 


Sports Premium Grants

We spend the majority of our funding on independant sports coaching. These professional coaches, who are frequently based in our locality, work with classes during the school day to develop skills in dance, gym and games over the year. They also lead after school clubs which give children an opportunity to further develop the skills they have been introduced to in lesson time. As these are in sports that our staff don't have the skills to be able to offer we feel that it is an added benefit for our children as it widens the choice of after-school clubs from what we have traditionally been able to provide eg choir, art, recorder clubs etc. 


We aim to begin formally assessing end of year attainment in PE in July 2020, for Years One and Two. Currently we have anecdotal evidence from our regular coaches that children's skills and accuracy have improved over the last five years. We also know a small number of children have gone on to take up these sports in their spare time, particularly in Martial Arts, dance and football. 

School staff have also benefitted from being able to observe the methods, games and approaches used by the coaches, and to adopt some of these in their PE sessions. This added benefit of CPD for staff has led to a reported increase in confidence when teaching PE and a re-invigoration of the PE curriculum.

In addition to the termly coaching programmes, we use the grant to fund our annual summer Sports Week, where children are given the opportunity to take part in 'taster' sessions of a variety of different sports and activities. Previous weeks have included Street Dance, Golf, Rugby, Archery and even Circus Skills. The week culminates in a competitive sports event to which parents are invited to cheer on their children.

Please click on the link to see how we have spent this year's funding so far.

Covid 19 Catch Up Premium

This funding is for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only, to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. The grant is worth £80 per pupil so our school will receive just over £9,000. 

In it's June 2020 report on the Impact of School Closures on Attainment, the Education Endowment Foundation states:

"If learning has been truly lost, it must be regained, which may be slow and painful. On the other hand, if it is merely rusty, it may be quickly regained with a small amount of practice. If students have not used a particular technique or procedure for a few months they are unlikely to perform it fluently if tested on arrival back in school. But if they had previously learnt it well, they might well regain that state quickly."

Our families have found the sustained lockdown periods difficult. As many of our children have older siblings, whose schools timetabled full days of live lessons, many of our children had little or no access to technology as phones and tablets were being used by parents or siblings. While we were able to lend some families our school laptops, we then found that our age of children needed constant adult supervision and support to use it effectively, something which many families found hard due to having to support and encourage older siblings. As a result we have seen that our children's resilience, attention span and communication skills have deteriorated. As we know these are the solid base from which learning takes off we adapted our curriculum to focus on a programme of quality first teaching focusing on Social, Emotional and Mental Health, effective communication (including reading and writing) and fluency of number and calculation skills. 

Children who have wider gaps have been identified through pupil progress meetings and suitable intervention groups arranged.

Going forward, should children need to self-isolate or lockdown be imposed on schools again, our key concern is access to simple online learning for our vulnerable/disadvantaged families, who have limited technology at home. To support this, we chose to spend our funding on a set of IPads, which will free up our pupil laptops. These can be loaned to families to access remote learning at home. When not in use, they can be used to support the delivery of the Computing curriculum in the classroom and by intervention groups to access phonic and maths games and interactive reading texts.

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