Shaw CofE Primary School receives the pupil premium and sport premium from the government. This funding is granted to the school in order to support those children who are entitled to free school meals or who in the last six years have had entitlement to free school meals. Here is the outlay of the pupil and sport premium spending for our school, together with the impact we feel it will have on the children.

Pupil Premium

Notes on the pupil premium grant from the DfE:

  • The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • The pupil premium is allocated to children from low-income families who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, for children who have been “looked after” continuously for more than six months, and for children of service personnel.
  • In most cases, the pupil premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM 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 free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the pupil premium. Since September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the premium. This ensures parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium.
  • If you think your child may be entitled to pupil premium funding, please contact the office on 01225 702544

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Sport Premium

In previous years, the PE and sports premium has enabled us to employ a specialist PE teacher, Mrs Draper, to work with children, teachers, and teaching assistants in years 1 to 6. This has enabled staff and children to develop their skills in a variety of sports activities. We have also used the money to purchase many new resources and equipment for teachers and children to use in PE sessions and at lunchtimes, as well as provide free lunchtime sports activities.

We hope to use this year’s funding to continue this programme of building a rich and varied PE curriculum as well as looking for further ways of improving PE and sport provision at Shaw. For example, we use some of our additional funding to run a sports leader programme for the older children, who will then guide and train our younger pupils. We have also been able to purchase an online and interactive dance resource for all of our classes to use.

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Covid-19 Catch-Up Plan

Catch-up funding allocations are calculated on a per pupil basis providing each school with £80 per child from Reception to Y11. The funding is designed to mitigate the effects of the unique and disruptive effects of the global pandemic.The planned expenditure of the catch-up funding is linked to the recommendations in the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) COVID-19 Support Guide for schools. Supporting great teaching and small group tuition are the priority strategies for all primary schools in The White Horse Federation.

‘Great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for their pupils’

‘There is extensive evidence supporting the impact of high quality one to one and small group tuition as a catch-up strategy’, (EEF COVID-19 Support Guide for schools 2020)

The White Horse Federation has worked with the school to ensure the funding:

  • Allows pupils to access technology in the event of remote learning and facilitating access to support in school.
  • Provides professional development opportunities for middle and senior leaders to support leading and planning of the curriculum.
  • Provides teachers with training and support through the system leader networks to improve the quality of teaching.

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