Pupil, Sport and Covid Catch-up Premiums
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible, or have been eligible, for free school meals (FSMs) and looked after children (LAC). Nationally, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSMs at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSMs.
- All our work supported by the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress and moving children to at least age-related expectations. The range of provision prioritised for these pupils includes
- Reducing the sizes of teaching groups thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning and accelerating progress
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1-1 support and tuition
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained teaching assistants (TAs), external agencies and extracurricular activities.
- A crucial element of our work, which underpins academic progress, is the emotional support and personal development for vulnerable children
- Pupil Premium resources will also be used to target able children, receiving FSMs, to achieve a greater depth standard
- Pupil Premium is allocated following a needs analysis, which identifies priority classes, groups or individuals.
Enriching the environment
The pupil premium also goes to support activity beyond the usual classroom timetable; this includes activity that will enrich the student’s whole being and provide further opportunities such as –
- Music instrumental lessons
- Educational and residential visits
- Curriculum weeks with visiting speakers, workshops and performances
At Lynch Hill we work closely with parents and carers to ensure we are fully supporting the pupil in every way we can, in a planned and monitored process. This includes using external resources if necessary, such as the support tools below:
- Learning interventions according to need, short and long-term
- Looked after children – support budget
- Parenting groups
- Family Support Adviser
- Additional Educational Psychologist time
- Speech and language support with staff trained to deliver Speech Links and NELI
- Sensory room
- Phonics scheme
- Nurture group
- Mentoring for emotional support
Extended school support
In addition to the above, we are constantly seeking other ways that we can support our pupils before and after school, such as:
- Increased sports participation through extra-curricular activities
- 3 x Sports coaches
- Holiday clubs
- Breakfast service and morning clubs
- Homework clubs
- Booster clubs
- Trips and residential visits
This list of activities is not definitive. It is continually under review and is adapted to the changing needs of the pupils at Lynch Hill School.
PE & Sport
Information about the grant
The government is providing additional funding of £450 million over three years commencing September 2013 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school head teachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Sustainability & Impact Statement:
It is clearly evident that the profile of sport and physical activity has been raised at Lynch Hill since the introduction of the Sports Premium back in 2013. Whilst a large proportion of the funding each year is spent on the topping up of resources and our involvement in the Slough Sports Network, if this funding were to end, the impact would remain evident for the years to come.
Pupils, parents and staff all agree that sport and physical activity are now an integral part of Lynch Hill and a key factor in what makes this school special. Dedicated PE time for all year groups each week is delivered by a PE team (not funded through the grant). Clubs run before and after school each day and are self-funded, and daily physical activity is now a key feature in every classroom. Sporting participation and success are celebrated at every opportunity and there is a recognition of the positive impact such activities have on attainment and progress and the well-being of the whole child. The Sports Premium sowed the seed for change and ensured that all stakeholders recognise the importance and significance of sport and activity. It is here to stay.
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