The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
St John's has high aspirations for all of our children and we believe that no child should be left behind and have access to the same opportunities and ambitions.
We are determined that no child’s background, social or economic situation should be a barrier to their achievement, experiences and success. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by Pupil Premium.
The amount of money allocated to schools under Pupil Premium is clearly identifiable. It is, however, at the discretion of the school to decide how it is spent, since they are in the best position to assess what intervention strategies or additional support will be best placed to support their individual pupils to make progress. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
The provision to which funds have been allocated has been decided based on rigorous research about interventions which have the most impact. The Sutton Trust – EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit has been used to prioritise spending based on potential impact. Low cost strategies with a high impact is used in school.
All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.
The PE and sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best of way using of the money. However, the government suggests that school can use funding to:
hire specialist PE teachers
hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
run sports activities with other schools.
We believe that physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. Through sport and other physical activities our children will learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups and teams. They learn to cooperate and to compete fairly, understanding their own and other’s roles.
Following school closure in March 2020, the Government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This included 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.
The universal catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.
Funding has been allocated on a per pupil basis, providing the equivalent of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 6.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.