‘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 Oakley Cross, 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.
Article 26: Governments must provide extra money for the children of families in need.
Pupil Premium Funding for Oakley Cross Primary School
|Year||Number on School Roll||Number of Eligible Pupils||% of School Roll||Grant Funding|
|2014 - 2015||125||59||47.2%||£76,700|
|2015 - 2016||142||59||41.5%||£83,580|
|2016 - 2017||139||64||46%||£86,220|
|2017 - 2018||135||61||45%||£81,100|
|2018 - 2019||144||53||37%||£71,920|
|2019 - 2020||143||53||36%||£72,900|
You can view or download our Pupil Premium Strategy and find out how the Pupil Premium Funding is used at our school.
Catch up Premium Funding 2020-2021
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.
Sports Premium Funding
What is the PE and Sport Premium?
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. Oakley Cross Primary School receives £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per child.
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 Oakley Cross Primary School, 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.
Swimming is an important skill and can encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. Swimming
is a key component of the PE curriculum offered at Oakley Cross. We provide swimming
instruction in key stage 2, with each class having lessons for a full term each year.
The programme of study for PE sets out the expectation that pupils should be taught to:
• swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
• use a range of strokes effectively for example, front crawl, backstroke and
• perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Our children have weekly swimming lessons in the pool at Woodhouse Leisure Centre,
Bishop Auckland. We work in partnership with the swimming instructor and provide ‘catch
up’ sessions for our children noted as not meeting the national curriculum standard for the
end of KS2.
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