The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Use of Pupil Premium 2012-2013
In 2012-2013 this will also include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012 we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
So far we have used the money to create activities and interventions within and around the school day which are not obviously targeted at the named groups so that many students benefit from the activities alongside the groups identified whilst ensuring there can be no stigmas attached to the activities as they are open to all. We do however work hard to ensure that as many of the targeted students as possible take part.
Use of Pupil Premium 2011-2012
In 2011-2012 we received a total of £33,020. The bulk of this income was spent on additional staffing running 1:1 tuition and catch-up groups for those vulnerable to underachievement. A group of Y6 children was targeted, although the priority was given to Y4 and Y5.
Use of Pupil Premium 2012- 2013
In 2012-13 our Pupil Premium funding has increased to over £72,000.
This will be spent on a variety of projects including further work with families to improve access to the language of learning, through reading cafe sessions, etc. A transition project for children entering YR is to be piloted this year using PP funding, where children are given a ‘learning bag’ at their home visit containing pencils, books, and activities to do with parents during the holidays before starting school.
Intervention and support groups will target our vulnerable learners again, building on the success of last year. This PP funding has enabled a TA to run intervention groups (1:1 or small groups) every morning in KS2 and a similar group of KS1 children twice a week delivered by a teacher. These projects are being monitored by the Headteacher and SLT.
Comparison of Free School Meals (FSM)
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What is the sports premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years from 2013/14 to 2019/20 to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school principals to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Below is how our school is using the funding in some key areas:
– In partnership with Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) we work across specific sport areas such as invasion games which cover Football, High 5 Netball, Quicksticks Hockey and Tag Rugby. In Striking and Fielding sports we work on skills needed for Rounder’s and Kwik Cricket, along with Net and Wall games such as tennis and volleyball. CSF staff use ongoing assessment documents to help measure the impact of delivery and the progress of the pupils.
– Nelson Academy staff form a vital part of the programme to enable and sustain quality of delivery as they are encouraged to support delivery as part of their ongoing CPD.
– Nelson Academy will be working even more closely with CSF next academic year to develop a suitable scheme of work and lesson plans which further impact on the teaching and learning of both staff and pupils.
– Sports premium money has also been spent to enhance lunchtime activities with each class having a ‘lunchtime box’ which is full of games and equipment to make lunchtimes more interesting and enhance sport.
– We have signed up to the Cluster School Sports Partnership which allows us to compete in a wide variety of sports against other schools in the local area. This has included sports hall athletics, football, Tri-golf, cross-country and swimming amongst others. We have had great success in cross country and swimming, competing against other schools not just in the local cluster, but across Norfolk. Signing up to the School Sports Partnerships has also allowed us to access a number of CPD courses at a minimal amount.
– The PE co-ordinator is attending an accredited course on improving and managing PE and will be delivering whole school INSET on this.