Pupil Premium Funding
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Funding, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those children who are not. Pupil Premium Funding is used to tackle disadvantage in order to reach the pupils who need it most. Bridging the attainment gap between children eligible the pupil premium and their peers is a government priority. At East Bierley we have high aspirations for all and focus on high-quality teaching for all children, including those children entitled the pupil premium who are most able. Focusing our resources on strategies that support children to feel socially and emotionally secure, build strong partnerships with parents and develop children’s independent learning skills are crucial to develop strong foundations for future learning. We invest time to talk with children and families and encourage good attendance and behaviour which is a priority. Our teachers constantly reflect on their practice to meet the needs of our children is no single strategy works well at all times.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Sports Premium Funding
The government have set aside money to spend on improving the quality of sports and PE in all Primary schools. This money is jointly provided by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sports.
At East Bierley we receive £16,000 per annum and £10 per pupil (From Year 1-6).
This funding is used to ensure all our pupils have access to high quality PE, develop healthy lifestyles and it promotes engagement in PE and sports.
Catch-up Premium Funding
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years Reception through to Y11.
As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
Details of our approach to COVID recovery and our use of this funding are included in the linked documents.