Welcome to our Pupil Premium & Sports Page
Pupil Premium Summary Statement
This year our Pupil Premium is £244,792. This funding resources pupils eligible for Free School Meals and Looked After Children. It covers the cost of running additional interventions across the school, specifically targeting the highest proportion of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, along with numerous other initiatives and staffing implications as detailed in the Pupil Premium Strategic Plan document (see link on this page).
During 2018/19, part of our Pupil Premium allocation was used to cover the cost of an additional class in year 6 where there was a significant proportion of pupils eligible for Free School Meals. It was also used to further embed Read Write Inc, employ additional support staff and provide training for staff to further meet the needs of our pupils (see Pupil Premium Strategic Plan for more detail).
As a result of Pupil Premium funding, the progress of disadvantaged children has shown a significant year-on-year improvement. We have seen continued improved progress and attainment from 2018 to 2019 with 63% of disadvantaged children achieving expected standard in KS2 or higher compared to the previous year at 54% and 2017 at 41%.
The gap between our school and national averages for all pupils is also closing (see tables below). We are aiming to close the gaps further this year.
Year 1 Phonic Screening scores have risen over 3 years from 87% pass rate to 90% and now 92% with an incredible 96% of disadvantaged children passing.
Our GLD (Good Level of Development) in Early Years remains above national average at 76%, with 80% of disadvantaged children achieving a GLD.
With whole school priorities of raising attainment in reading and closing the gaps relating to Covid 19 school closures, there is a similar emphasis in the Pupil Premium Strategic Plan.
This year we are investing some of our funding into further staff training in our school reading and writing programme (Literacy and Language) and phonics programme (RWI) which will enable further consistency in our approach to teaching English and phonics across the school in an engaging way. Children still have access to online reading resources such as Bug Club which can be accessed from home.
We are constantly using data to identify specific targeted groups and individuals for focused support where it is needed to ensure that we are really closing the gap between disadvantaged and other pupils. We have an on-site learning mentor who works with targeted vulnerable children to help improve their social, emotional, mental, health and wellbeing. We also use funding to run parent support programmes such as LBBD specific parent workshops or numeracy and literacy skills classes.
It is important to note that tracking progress by ‘vulnerable groups’ and using terms such as ‘Free School Meals eligibility’ and ‘disadvantaged pupils’ are DfE and OFSTED expectations. However, children are never stigmatised or referred to directly using any of this terminology.
What is Sports Premium Funding?
In April 2013, the Department of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport announced new funding of £150 million to support the delivery of PE and school sport.
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.
Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework, which came into effect from September 2019, gives greater recognition to schools’ work to support the personal development of pupils, such as the opportunities they have to learn about eating healthily and maintaining an active lifestyle. Inspectors will expect to see a delivery of a broad, ambitious education, including opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities. At Eastbury we plan to use the Sports Premium Funding to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators.
1. Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
2. Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement.
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of staff in teaching PE and sport.
4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
5. Increased participation in competitive sport.