The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. Our mainstream school will get £80 for each pupil in from reception to year 6 inclusive.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.
How have we used our COVID-19 Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between those pupils and their peers. The DfE's conditions of grant document also has a table setting out the funding allocations for different groups of pupils. We have reproduced this information below.
Primary pupils recorded as 'Ever6 Free School Meals (FSM) - £1345
Looked after children / Special Guardianship - £2345
Military / Ex Military Families - £310
The Pupil Premium for 21/22 will include pupils recorded in the January 2021 school census, who are known to have been eligible for FSM in any of the previous six years (i.e. since summer 2015 as well as those first known to be eligible from January 2021.
The Pupil Premium is paid to schools, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. The Pupil Premium can be spent on activities for all pupils provided that the primary purpose of the activity is to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and the school can demonstrate this. There is no minimum number of eligible pupils that need to be part of an activity in order for any spending of the grant to be valid.
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“All pupils leaving primary school will be physically literate and hold the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”
The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following objective:
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the school vision (above) that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding. Our school is eligible to receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
It is expected that we 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.