Pupil premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It’s allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers should check to see if they are entitled.
It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
The school's provisional income for Pupil Premium from April 2015-March 2016 is £7,920.
The intended expenditure of this money will be:
one to one and small group tuition for focus children across the school in order to raise attainment, develop self-esteem and ensure inclusion in all areas of the curriculum £6,854
- resources in maths and phonics to help close the gap and increase challenge £500
- funding for school visits for pupil premium children £200
- access to music tuition for pupil premium children £100
- access to transition support for pupil premium children £250
- to ensure that each individual child makes at least nationally expected progress supported by good quality teaching, timely and effective interventions and appropriate challenge.
- to ensure that appropriate provision is made for all children we consider to be vulnerable, either due to social deprivation, increased family mobility; changes of family circumstances. We recognise that vulnerability can be temporary, and that all families go through periods of change. We seek to support all of our pupils at times of need.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify groups or individuals in need of support at any one time. Limited funding means that not all children receiving pupil premium will be in receipt of specific interventions at any one time.
We believe that ‘Sport is for All’ and that all children should have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities and develop their skills according to their age and ability. The school concentrates on games, dance and gymnastics during the Autumn and Spring Terms with a greater emphasis on swimming, athletics and games in the Summer Term. Children usually have two P.E. sessions of at least an hour each, per week or the equivalent.
There is an annual Sports Day, held on the village playing field, which includes an opportunity for all children to participate in a variety of competitive events.
The school has good sports facilities, which include a large playing field, a netball court/hard-surface playground and hall for activities such as gym.
A variety of extra-curricular clubs are offered to children, depending on the time of year; these include rounder's, netball, football and fitness.
School teams participate in an Annual Consortium Sports event, with occasional friendly sports fixtures with other small schools.
Opportunities usually arise during the year for additional sporting activities. Every two years a residential visit for upper KS2 children is arranged, where they are taught field study skills alongside a variety of outdoor pursuits.
We believe the children should have access to a well-balanced P.E. curriculum, which includes both team games and individual sports.
We are part of the Colchester and Blackwater Sports Partnership Programme. This partnership enables us to take part in partnership sports events and festivals; gives us access to weekly sports coaching for both classes and access to staff CPD.
Impact of funding
The use of the sports funding for children to attend our after school clubs free of charge has increased participation and pupil numbers to these clubs.