The Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school funding, is allocated to schools to support the learning of children from low income families. These are children who are to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months.
Pupil premium funding has been used for the adult support with children in a class situation where children that have funding also have areas where they need support with their learning. The funding is also used to support families when paying for school trips, music lessons and other clubs that come with a cost. Sometimes we look at hardware resources that funded children would benefit from and use some of our funding to enable us to make purchases in this area. The school pays into a service level agreement with an educational psychologist and if pupil premium children are involved with external assessments carried out by the educational psychologist then funding is used to help with this cost too. Finally, if there is training required for staff to be able to support a pupil/pupils that are funded, funding can support this cost too.
Our total pupil premium for 2020/2021 is £9500
PE & Sports Premium
In the academic year 2017/18, we received a total of £16,720 as part of the School PE & Sports’ Premium. This money is to support the development of sport provision in schools and is spent at each school’s discretion.
At Culworth CE Primary Academy, we have used this to update our equipment and storage of this equipment and continue to pay for a recommended scheme of work supported by training for staff.
As part of a major school drive on activity in the playground for children, the school is spending half of the PE grant on the active play areas within the school grounds. This is intended to further encourage positive and engaging play among the children and can also be used during curriculum time to enhance the physical experiences of all of our children.
Alongside the other cluster primaries, we have financially supported a Schools Sport Coordinator from Chenderit Academy to organise competitions and training for staff etc.