Pupil Premium & Sports Funding
Lydgate Junior School Governing Body Pupil Premium Statement
The Government believes that Pupil Premium funding additional to the delegated school budget, is the best way to address underachievement and inequalities between disadvantaged and other pupils by ensuring funding is targeted at the children who need it most.
Pupil Premium funding is identifiable within the school’s income but is not ring-fenced.
Lydgate Junior School aims to close any gaps in achievement, rather than simply ‘narrow’ gaps, between any category of disadvantaged and ‘other’ pupils.
It is for individual schools to decide how Pupil Premium funding is spent in order to raise the attainments and achievements of this group of pupils, and so the ways in which Lydgate Junior School uses its Pupil Premium funding each year may be different to that in other schools, and may change from year to year.
Schools are accountable, through Ofsted, for how they spend the Pupil Premium and Covid Recovery funding, and for the impact it has on children’s learning.
Other additional funding has come to schools during the pandemic, for 'Covid Recovery', additional costs related to significant staff asbence, and to part-fund out-of-hours tuition through the National Tuition Programme.
For 2021 DfE has implemented a standardised format for all schools to use in presenting their Pupil Premium Strategy. Our statement is available here.
Primary school PE and Sport Funding
The government is providing additional funding of £320 million 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 - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport that they offer.
This means that the premium should be used to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- the profile of PE and sport is 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
For example, funding can be used to:
- provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- hire qualified sports coaches & PE specialists to work alongside teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
- introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
- support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
- enter or run more sport competitions
- partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
- provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
- embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching
You can see how we use this funding and our Spending Plan here.
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