What is Pupil Premium? The National Picture.
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority
care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (not universal infant free school meals), whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
At Fairfields School we:
- ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils
- ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups this includes ensuring that the needs of children eligible for FSM and pupils who have been looked after children and pupils who have left the care system are adequately assessed and addressed
- will complete a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals. This means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
The range of provision the Governors consider making for this group could include:
- Providing additional educational support to improve progress. This may include additional teaching and learning opportunities through support from external agencies / specialists and extra curricular activities.
- Providing support to minimise pupils barriers to learning. This may include providing specific or specialist resources.
- Providing enrichment opportunities for pupils that may not otherwise access them.
What is Primary School PE and Sports Grant Funding?
The Government provides additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring fenced therefore can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in school. Schools have the freedom to choose how they improve the provision of PE and Sport.
Fairfields School have allocated funding to:
- Improve the school provision for teaching swimming and hydrotherapy by increasing the access to qualified swimming instructors.
- Further develop access to disability sports / activity such as Horseriding (RDA)
- Improve staff confidence and skills in delivery sports by teachers working alongside Sports Coaches.
Fairfields School received £8470.00 Sports Grant for 2015-2016. In addition to this funding the school further supplements the PE provision to promote pupils’ physical development, physical health and well-being.
Primary-school-pe-and-sport-grant-2015-2016 impact report.