Pupil Premium and Sport Funding
1. The Pupil Premium: Using it to make a difference at Harbour Primary School
What is the Pupil Premium?The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child is eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After) the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services. This money is allocated to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning. Nationally, the statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of FSM do less well than their peers. The aim of this money is to try to close the attainment gap.In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive FSM will be socially disadvantaged, and we also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM! We are committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strive to close any gaps in achievement.
At Harbour we are determined that all children will achieve the very best that they can in our welcoming, creative, inclusive community. We give every child, every chance, every day.
Our Pupil Premium Policy which can be viewed below states clearly how we allocate the funding that we receive according to our values and ethos. We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress.
Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact. This includes an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium (Mrs Harris), a Pupil Premium Champion (Mrs Boatman) who work with the Headteacher to lead on the development plan and a coordinated approach to implementing plans. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.
From September 2019 schools have been encouraged to move away from full annual reviews that can be time-consuming and instead consider a multi-year strategy – such as one covering a 3 year period – for pupil premium use, with light touch annual reviews that will continue to form the school’s pupil premium statement. This will help school leaders to:
- take a longer view of the support the grant will provide
- align their plan with the wider school improvement strategy
Doing this will give schools greater certainty when planning their:
- teaching practice
- staff development
Therefore below you will see a 3 year strategy, and a light touch annual review.
- Pupil Premium Policy
- Pupil Premium 3 Year Strategy 2019 - 2022
- Pupil Premium Grant - Review 2018-2019
2. National Sport Funding : Using it to make a difference at Harbour Primary School
The PE and Sport Premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. The government allocates money to our school which MUST be spent on PE / Sport and Physical activity during the school day or before and after it.
At our school we believe in a holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all and encourage collaboration and partnership working to make the best use of resources and enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils. We are particularly thrilled to have been awarded the Gold Standard for Primary Games for the fourth time this year, and in 2019-2020 we are aiming for the Platinum Award (which can only be achieved if a school has already achieved the Gold at least 3 times)