Pupil Premium 2017-2018
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 was to be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the previous 6 years. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
A premium is also available for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces and looked after children.
Sports Funding 2017-2018
In the academic year, 2017-2018 Birchfield School will receive £21,910 in Sports Premium funding provided by the government. The primary objective of the funding is to develop or add to the P.E.S.S.P.A (Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity) that Birchfield already enjoys. Furthermore we will build capacity and capability within school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years. In line with these expectations our funding will be used towards the employment of P.E specialists to work across the Prince Albert Community Trust.
The funding is expected to facilitate improvements against 5 key performance indicators:
- 1- Engaging pupils in regular physical activity- kick- starting healthy active lifestyles.
- 2- Raising the profile of P.E and school sport.
- 3- Increasing confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching P.E and sport.
- 4- Offering a broad experience of a range of sports and activities offered to pupils.
- 5- Increased participation in competitive school sport
Following a self-review of P.E and school sport provision we have identified key priorities for the academic year of 2017-2018 against the 5 expected outcomes. It is important to note that all actions from the previous academic years report will continue in line with ensuring sustainability. This report will focus on strategies for further improvement in P.E.S.S.P.A. This is a live document and will be updated throughout the academic year. The report will be finalised in July 2018 including a full review of the academic year 2017-2018.