The Department for Education provides additional funding to schools in the form of the Pupil Premium in order that specific groups of pupils aged between 5 and 16, who may be disadvantaged by virtue of the family circumstances, can be supported in their progress and attainment.
Funding is received for pupils who are:
- Eligible for free school meals
- ‘Looked after’ i.e. in care or fostered
- From a service family i.e. Army, Navy or RAF
The Pupil Premium funding that the Department for Education provides is not necessarily intended to be specifically allocated to individual pupils and schools have the freedom to decide how it can be best spent to ensure that the maximum number of pupils are supported.
There may well be a limited impact that the individual sum allocated to each pupil can achieve and for this reason, the funds allocated to Stone Lodge Academy have been pooled to maximise their impact, although individual needs are taken into account when planning how to use the resources. This is the approach many schools take to using this additional funding.
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.
The PE and Sport Premium Funding helps primary aged children 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
In the school year, 2019/2020 Stone Lodge Academy hope to receive £16,000 from the Sports Premium Fund plus an additional funding of £10 per primary aged child. We will be looking to spend this in the following ways:
- Transport to take pupils to a variety of off-site sports events across the year, for example, the Pantheon Games
- Supply staff to support off site Physical education visits/Tournaments
- New activities including Outdoor Learning, Relaxation/Mindfulness therapies.
- Resource lunchtime clubs including Dance Club, Football Club and Basketball Club.
- Swimming lessons
- Horse Riding
- Seven-week after-school sailing program at Alton Water (organised via the Wolverstone Project). Annual event takes place every summer.
Year 7 Catch up funding
The DfE provides additional funding to schools in the form of Year 7 Catch up in order that specific groups of Year 7 pupils, who may be disadvantaged by virtue of family circumstances, can be supported in their progress and attainment.
The funding that the DfE provides is not necessarily intended to be specifically allocated to individual pupils. Schools have the freedom to decide how it can best be spent to ensure that the maximum number of pupils are supported.
The funds for the academic year 2019- 2020 for Stone Lodge was £11,980. This has been spent on supporting our children in the following ways:
Literacy, Numeracy, Nurture, Sensory, ASD, Behaviour management, Augmented communication support in small groups or 1:1 to support cognition and learning, communication and interaction, social, emotional, mental health needs of students.