Schools receive a payment, or Pupil Premium, for each child who is registered for free school meals [FSM] and those who have been in continuous care for six months or more. Currently there are no looked after children and no children from service personnel families at Markyate Village School. The Pupil Premium Funding Allocation for Markyate for 2020-21 is £43,507.
‘Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ DfE website
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. At Markyate Village School and Nursery, we have 37 Pupil Premium children; this includes 23 Free School Meal (FSM) children.
As a school, we have involved the parents by asking them how they would like the funding spent. Many parents have asked for support for school trips (including the Year 6 residential trip), to attend breakfast or attend extra curricula clubs. We have also supplied:
- counselling sessions for children,
- revision books,
- extra-curricular lessons,
- breakfast club
- extra TA support
- resources e.g. coloured paper and overlays, challenge books for Literacy and Maths, reading resources, maths equipment including games, NUMICON
We monitor the children’s levels half termly and endeavor to ensure that they are working at Age Related Expectations. If there is an area of concern we meet with the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant and discuss how we can ‘close the gap’. We also recognise that some of the children are at Age Related Expectations and we, with the class teacher’s input, consider how we can help promote learning and achieve mastery for these children e.g. buying a wider and more challenging range of books and resources.
We recognise that progress can be measured in many ways and personalising the funding to the individual, we believe, gives focused, clear and specific ways forward. This demonstrates that we have a bespoke approach that caters for the individual child and its family.
The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officer guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).
The PE and Sport Premium can help primary schools to achieve this aim, providing primary schools with £320m of government funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered through their core budgets. It is allocated directly to schools so they have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for their pupils. The PE and Sport Premium survey highlighted the significant impact which PE and Sport has had in many primary schools across England.