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 Castleton Community Primary School we realise that not all children who are eligible for free school meals are socially disadvantaged, and also that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be registered for free school meals, be looked after or from service families. Therefore we allocate pupil premium funding on a needs basis where we identify priority groups or individuals. However, the purpose of the funding is to narrow the gap between eligible and non-eligible pupils, so the impact of the expenditure must reflect a narrowing (and aspirational, closed) gap between those groups of children in terms of achievement.
Pupil premium is used to help fulfil our vision and aims for all children and provide additional help and support for those children and families, who may, at times, need something over and above our normal level of provision.
Physical education is valued at Castleton Primary School and is an important part of our curriculum. We believe it enables children to grow in confidence, build self-esteem and self-reliance, and develop social skills.
In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE & Sport Premium.
This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.