The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those children who are not. Pupil Premium Funding is therefore used to tackle disadvantage in order to reach the pupils who need it most.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
Schools are funded a Pupil Premium of £1,345 per pupil (2021-22) for those whose families have registered for FSM. This includes any child who has been registered for FSM at any point during the past 6 years. Each school may decide how best to use the funding and they are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families.
PE and Sports Premium
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
All schools are allocated funding to support their provision of sports and PE and must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the physical education (PE), physical activity and sport they provide. Schools are accountable for the use of the PE and sport premium funding allocated to you.