Pupil premium & sport funding
Pupil Premium was first introduced in 2011 to help schools to further support the children of low income families. The amount of funding available per eligible pupil has increased year-on-year since that time. Children who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) either currently or in the past six years (known as the Ever6 FSM measure), attract additional funding to the School (£953 per eligible pupil in 2013/14 rising to £1320 in 2015/16).
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
.Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the local authority that looks after the child.
Objectives of Pupil Premium Expenditure
We seek, through targeted funding and intervention to eliminate barriers to participation and good progress. Whilst it is not true of all Pupil Premium entitled pupils at Woodland Grange, nationally, such pupils on average, perform less well and make less progress than non-entitled pupils. It is our aim to narrow the gap, where one exists, between entitled and non-entitled pupils.
Apart from support with the cost of clubs, day trips, residential trips, uniform and music tuition we also target resources to directly impact upon the academic progress of pupils. This includes 1:1 reading support and small group work led by a teacher focusing upon key areas of literacy or numeracy. The majority of our pupils entitled to pupil premium also benefit from one-to-one tutoring with a school staff member (very often their class teacher or at the very least a teacher/staff member known to them).
We have also provided additional resources to groups or clubs that specifically target the needs of pupils. Previous examples have included 'My Club', run by a teacher to improve social and communication skills.
Additionally we have a fully 'Relate' trained Counsellor to support children and families in need.
It is a requirement set by the Department for Education that schools report:
- pupil premium grant allocation for the current academic year
- details of how school intends to spend its allocation
- details of how school spent its previous academic year’s allocation
- how it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
This document provides detail against each of the bullet points above. Additionally, we keep detailed records of the spending in relation to individual pupils.
PE Funding 2016/17
For the academic year 2016/17 the school will receive funding of £9775 as well as additional carry forward from previous years to make a total of £19117 in funding for the PE and Sport Premium. This money will be used for
- Improve the teaching knowledge of staff at the school through training
- Hiring specialist coaches to come and work alongside school staff to up skill them to improve teaching and learning
- To buy resources to help staff improve their knowledge of teaching
- To increase participation in events such as the School Games or other events between schools
- To run events with other schools that encourage children to engage in sport.
So far this year we have spent the money as follows
£8340 (44%) on Staff Development, either through working alongside coaches or attendance of professional courses.
£1169 (6%) on equipment to enable extra clubs to run or for children to enter into competitions.
We are also using coaches to assess and work alongside those children that have low participation levels or activity levels. In addition to this we will be running Energy Clubs to target these children.
We are expecting to spend a further £3200 on CPD and coaching for the Spring term (2017) with a similar amount expected for the Summer term. This would mean that by the end of this year we will have spent £14740 on coaching (77%).
We continue to run a huge number of sports clubs to the point where we do not have the space to run any more. As always, participation rates are very high.
In the summer term 2015/16 we ran 14 before and after school sports clubs and 226 children participated.
In the Autumn Term 2016/17 we ran 13 before and after school sports clubs and 225 children participated.
There was also an increase in the number of children participating in Level 1 and Level 2 competitions and as a result of this we fielded a Year 4 athletics team at the school games finals (Level 3) that took place in Woodhouse Eaves in July.
In 2015/16 we entered level 2 competitions in:
- Tag Rugby
- Girls’ Football
- Cross Country
- Cyclocross (this event was cancelled)
In addition to this we also participated in locally arranged competitions in:
- Football (Y4/5 mixed)
- Girls’ Football
- Cross Country
- Tag Rugby
We also sent two of our SEN children to the Parallel Sports Hall Athletics Competition.
As well as these activities, every child across the school took part in a termly fitness test to enable us to target those children who were less fit than their peers. This has carried on into 2016/17.
We are using coaches to assess and work alongside those children that have low participation levels or activity levels. In addition to this we will be running Energy Clubs to target these children.
We currently have a School Sports Organising Committee (SSOC) that runs activities at lunch times several times a week including intra-school competitions.
The SSOC have also undertaken Level 1 Playmaker training as organised by our local School Sports Partnership (SSP).
They also lend out equipment each lunchtime to enable our children to be as active as possible.