Pupil & Sport Premium
The Government currently pays an additional grant to schools to help support disadvantaged children of all abilities to reach their potential.
This is called the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). Eligible children are those who:
- have been eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last six years
- are in the care of the local authority or have been adopted from care
A Pupil Premium Grant is also available to provide pastoral support for children from service families, including regular personnel, reservists and veterans.
As a school, we have to demonstrate that our Pupil Premium funding is used effectively to increase the academic achievement of eligible children. This additional funding enables us to provide our Learning Mentor, Lunch Club, Forest School activities and much more. It also covers the full cost of school milk and school trips, including residential trips, and provides bursaries for uniform, equipment and KS2 music lessons for eligible children. The pupil premium report on how we spent our pupil premium grant last year and how we intend to spend this year’s grant can be found below.
As part of the Olympic Legacy, the government is providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in school. The Department for Education provides a framework for what the Sports Funding should achieve; but how the money is used is the decision of each individual school. In September 2017, the government announced that sports funding for schools would be doubled.
Department for Education Vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium
“All pupils leaving primary school should be physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport…….The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following objective: To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.”
The Department for Education provides a framework for how the funding should be used to deliver the objectives.
This means that schools should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
For example, you can use your funding to:
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools
Please find our action plans in the links above for the use of the Sports Premium funding. This year’s plan is a working document and will be added to as we progress throughout the year. Uphill Village Academies allocation of Sports Premium funding does not fund all of the commitments in the PE and Sports Premium Action Plan, so the shortfall is funded from school funds and a contribution for equipment from our Parent, Teacher and Friends Association.
How we use our Sports and PE Funding
We use part of our PE funding to work with WESport. They work with North Somerset Council to provide quality events across the county to improve sports participation. Here is some information about WESport:
Wesport works with 345 primary schools across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) to support them in developing high quality PE and school sports provision to enable children to develop good physical literacy skills and lead a healthy, active life. They are funded by Sport England to ensure all primary schools are spending the PE & Sports Premium funding effectively to create sustainable opportunities that will benefit pupils in years to come.
WESport have developed a broad offer of support to enable them to cater for the needs of every school across the four Unitary Authority areas. Most of their services are free to schools to access, with the exception of some training courses, conferences and the PE Mentor Scheme.
- PE Co-ordinator networking opportunities
- 1:1 support for individual schools
- Annual PE conference
- Teacher CPD courses
- PE Mentor Scheme
- Advice in developing competitive sport through the School Games programme
- Help developing links with local sports clubs – see Downloads section for a list of suggested clubs and Club Link Agreement form
- Guidance on recruiting external coaches
- Guidance on developing a Health & Wellbeing offer in your school