Pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after and children of service personnel. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their pupils and their families.
Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.
It is for school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, within the requirements of the conditions of grant.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas.
- High-quality teaching, including staff professional development.
- Targeted academic support
- Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools
The Use of Sports Premium at Kemball School
The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 in order to improve the provision of physical education and sports in primary schools. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport. The money is going directly into schools to be spent on improving the quality of Sport and PE for their children. All state-maintained schools, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils will receive the funding.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sports in schools. Although schools must spend this additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sports
- Providing cover to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport
- Running sport competitions or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
- Buying training materials or resources for PE and sport
- After school sports clubs