Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged background generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school often do not perform as well as their peers. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the results they achieve.
It is a requirement that we identify the key barriers to success for their disadvantaged children. We must also demonstrate how the Pupil Premium spending plan is linked to these barriers.
Our Pupil Premium lead and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is Mrs Amy Cooper. For Autumn 2022, our Governor responsible for our Pupil Premium and Looked After Children is Mr Brian Roe.
At Crestwood Park, we believe there is no such thing as a typical 'pupil premium child'. We believe that each child must be treated on an individual basis and the support given must be tailored to met their needs.
The most common cause of disadvantage among our pupils is language and literacy skills. By the age of three , disadvantaged children are on average already 18 months behind their peers in early language development and around two-fifths of disadvantaged five-year-olds are not meeting the expected literacy standard for their age. (Hutchinson & Dunford 2016). We strongly believe that we should be spending Pupil Premium on improving literacy and language.
Our Pupil premium Strategy sits alongside our School Improvement Plan and if you read both documents you will see many overlaps and commonalities. This is because we see our Pupil Premium strategy as part of our whole school aim and ethos; it is not a 'bolt on' plan but instead an aspect of our ultimate aim to provide the very best educational experience for ALL the children in our community.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for our children'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 our pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for our school, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The school sport and activity action plan sets out the government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day. It recommends 30 minutes of this is delivered during the school day (in line with the Chief Medical Officers guidelines which recommend an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week).
The PE and Sport Premium helps us to achieve this commitment by providing funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of our PE, physical activity and sport offered through our core budget. It is allocated directly to us, so we have the flexibility to use it in the way that works best for our children.