Pupil Premium at Shirestone
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. The Government believes that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), allocated per eligible 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 required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This is to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium
Please click here to see the Pupil Premium Strategy for 2021-24
The government gives extra funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
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 way of using the money. For example, the funding can be used to:
Hire specialist PE teachers
Hire qualifies sports coaches to work with teachers
Provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
Support and involved the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs.
Run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
Run sports activities with other schools
At Shirestone, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
All Stakeholders agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It's important that we use this money wisely, especially as the majority of the PE support we previously received from local school partnerships will cease. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, are investing in additional staffing/coaching and resources to further enhance the curriculum PE and extra – curricular sports during lunchtime and after schools clubs.
Our Sports Funding allocation will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing more sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and by training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
See how we aim to spend our Sports Premium below