‘The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.’ (Gov.uk website)
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in 2011 to provide additional school funding for disadvantaged children; those children in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and also those who had been looked after (by a local authority) for more than six months.
Since the introduction of the pupil premium grant, changes have been made to the eligibility criteria and the funding levels of the premium. The Pupil Premium has increased from £430 per pupil in 2011–12, to £1,345 per primary pupil. In addition, while eligible Looked After Children previously attracted the same Pupil Premium as those children in receipt of FSM, it has since been enhanced. Current or certain previously Looked After Children each attract £2,345 of funding.
Schools are accountable for the appropriate use of this funding and must ensure it is used effectively to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged children in school.
When making decisions about using pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for disadvantaged children can be: less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, attendance and punctuality issues. The challenges are varied.
At Fishburn Primary School, we have high aims for all of our pupils and feel that education is the route out of poverty. We aim to ensure that all pupils are given every chance to realise their full potential and to challenge barriers to learning.
The PE and sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. School leaders must spend this funding on improving the quality of sport and PE for all of their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools and must have long lasting and sustainable impact. Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. This means schools should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
For example, schools can use funding to:
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools
How much PE and Sport Premium Funding do we receive?
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of children in years 1 to 6. Fishburn Primary School receives £17,040.
How will we know if we have improved?
It is expected that schools will see an improvement against the following 5 key indicators:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
- the profile of PE and sport being 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 activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport.
At Fishburn Primary, we strive to promote healthy and active lifestyles and aim to provide sporting opportunities for all our pupils both in and out of school. Please see our Sport Premium Reports below. The reports provide a breakdown of how the money is spent, its proposed aims and the impact on our children.
At Fishburn Primary School the children attend swimming lessons from year 3 to year 6 at the learner pool at Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery School. The lessons are planned in order for all children to reach the following end of KS2 swimming curriculum expectations:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using 2 recognised strokes.
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
As part of the Sport Premium reporting requirements we must report the number of children who met the swimming expectations at the end of the academic year.
At the end of the 2018/19 academic year:
41% of the year 6 pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 metres.
32% of the year 6 pupils could use a range of strokes effectively.
32% of the year 6 pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Catch up Premium Funding 2020 – 2022
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding includes:
- a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time
- a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:
Mainstream schools receive £80 for each pupil from reception to year 11 inclusive.
For information regarding our use of the Catch up Premium funding please read our strategy document below.