The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of certain children* and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units.
It is allocated to school based on the number of children who come from a variety of background such as :
- children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the six years
- children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- forces families
- post-adoption children
Schools decide how to use the specific funding but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. In 2016-17 the amount of money for children eligible for Pupil Premium was raised to £1320. For Looked After Children (LAC) schools receive £1900 per child.
Children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding are tracked and monitored within their class and as a separate group. This means that their academic progress is assessed with their peer group and as a group of children who are Pupil Premium. Measures are taken by Culgaith C of E School to address any imbalances in academic achievement by Pupil Premium children in the same way as SEND children.
This is a key part of national education policy. It is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who are eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
Please note that due to that size of Culgaith C of E School – and the minimal funding, we don’t publish pupil numbers and specific costs as privacy may be breached.
Sports Premium Funding
The Sports Premium funding at Culgaith is ring-fenced and must be used to develop PE and Sports provision for the benefit of children aged 5-11 years old so that they develop a healthy lifestyle now and the future. It is used to make additional and sustainable enhancements to our PE provision.
We use it to develop and add to the PE and school sport activities that we already offer – this year we have already used it to add gymnastics, football coaching and dance.
We use it to make sustainable improvements that will benefit future children; buying equipment, and providing existing staff with training.
We measure the impact of this in a variety of different ways. We endeavour to provide the children with a variety of sport activities that they may not have chance to carry out at home too.
Children also take part in a variety of competitive sports arranged through the Eden Valley Sports Partnership such as the swimming gala, cross-country and Netball.
Our Headteacher then reports this spending and impact to the Governing Board.