What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative providing additional funding to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. These include pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals and those looked after by the Local Authority. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment and ‘close the gap’. Schools will be accountable for closing the gap and outcomes will be published in the school’s performance tables that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers. They will be called disadvantaged pupils in data published after September 2014.
Pupil premium links
Click here to view the official Government page about Pupil Premium.
Did you know?
Did you know that you may be able to help increase our school budget? Register now to make sure we don’t miss out.
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’. If you qualify for the benefits listed later on in this letter, you can help increase our school budget by £1343.00 simply by registering. If your child is in Key Stage 2 , this will also enable them to enjoy free school dinners.
Click here to read our Pupil Premium letter for more information.
PE and Sport Premium Funding
At Oxspring Primary School we believe PE and sport plays an important role in making our vision statement a reality for every pupil, with the potential to change young people’s lives for the better. We have welcomed the Government’s announcement to extend the Sport Premium to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The Government is spending over £450 million on this funding over the 5 academic years 2013 – 2018. We are committed to using this resource in developing high quality PE lessons, alongside greater opportunities for sporting competitions and clubs for our young people.
Oxspring is committed to delivering high quality and consistent PE provision to all our children. This enables our children to improve their health, fitness, welfare and wellbeing, their understanding of sport, teamwork and citizenship. We also promote an inclusive ethos, where all pupils enjoy participating in sport; empowering them to become the best they can be. One of the many ways we have used the sports funding at Oxspring has been to use sports coaches to maintain teaching staff’s subject knowledge and confidence in PE to deliver an outstanding, high quality PE curriculum. The coaches have worked alongside staff and children to assist with the delivery of these lessons. The funding has also been used to update our resources for both physical education lessons and playground equipment. New playground equipment has been used to maintain children’s activity levels at break and lunch times. The children also have the opportunity to take part in a whole school annual Sports Day, which takes place at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The children also have the opportunities to take part in a range of inter-school competitions in a wide range of sports including multiskills, tag rugby and cross country running amongst many others.
In addition, we are committed to improving health and fitness levels through running the daily mile, and also hold a mile run on the Transpennine Trail every half term for all children. We also hold monthly parent and child dance sessions and take part in different initiatives throughout the year.
As a result of increased sporting participation, Oxspring pupils have improved health and well-being, whilst also benefitting from all the other positive values that sport promotes. In addition to encouraging increased physical activity among pupils, we ensure that we teach children about healthy lifestyles.