What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium provides our school with additional funding; this funding allows us as a school to target schools from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they receive the same opportunities and access the same trips and in school activities. From September 2018, the premium is worth £1320 for any child who has been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) in the past 6 years. £1900 per student who is either continuously looked after for at least six months, or has been adopted from care or has left care under a ‘Special Guardianship’ or a ‘Residence Order’. £300 for any child who has a parent(s) currently serving in any branch of the armed forces or currently receives a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
At St Matthew’s we utilise the Pupil Premium funding to provide additional support to some of our pupil premium children and to provide certain extracurricular intervention such as ELSA support, Talk Boost and more capability for Same Day Intervention.
How many St Matthew’s pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium?
Currently, 23.3% of our pupil roll is currently eligible for Pupil Premium.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
Yes. Even though a lot of our children may be eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) the school will receive extra money from an application for FSM. If you are eligible to any of the following benefits than please contact the school office or contact the Free School Meal department at Northumberland Council on 01670 620444.
The eligible benefits are:
Income Support (IS)
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
An income-related employment and support allowance
Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit)
If you are entitled to any of these benefits please get in touch as we are not notified by the Local Authority automatically.
How is its impact measured?
The impact of our Pupil Premium funding is measured in an annual report, compiled by the Headteacher and approved by our governing body on a yearly basis. It covers what we intended to achieve and if it was achieved as well as what can be improved, please click one of the links below to check the report for the various years.
Pupil Premium Strategy and Impact Report 2019-20
Pupil Premium Strategy and Impact Report 2018-19
Pupil Premium Strategy 17-18
Pupil Premium Impact Report 16-17
Pupil Premium Impact Report 15-16
Pupil Premium Impact Report 14-15
St Matthew’s recognises the impact that P.E has on the well-being and health of our children. Our school believes that a varied and interesting PE curriculum can really help our children to perform and engaging more in both PE and it helps with their academic achievement in other subjects around our school.
The Primary School Sport’s Funding enables us to continue and explore new sport to help inspire our children into becoming the Olympians and athletes of tomorrow. We hire-in experienced and talented sports professionals who help train up and teach our staff into delivering the best P.E lessons we can.
The Department for Education has an excellent page about the Sports funding, which can be found here.
What is the Primary Sports Premium?
The government has increased its funding into schools around the entire country be a total of £150 million per year to provide substantial benefit to primary school sport. The funding is managed jointly by the Department for Education and Healthy and Culture. The money will go directly to schools to allow them to improve the well-being and sports curriculum throughout their school.
As at September 2017, the government announced the initiative to double the amount of money that schools will receive for the academic year. For the 2017-18 academic years, schools will receive £16000 plus £10 per pupil on roll. The impact is tracked throughout the year by our P.E coordinator and the full impact and expenditure of our own grant is published yearly.
Purpose of the Funding
Schools have to decide on what they wish to spend their school sports grant on, this is covered by guidelines published by the DfE. The current guidelines state that schools can spend money on:
Hiring qualified sports coaches to help inspire and improve our own school’s sport teaching capabilities.
Funding for professional development opportunities throughout the year.
Increasing participation in external competitions and events. I.e. Dance Festivals, rugby tournaments etc.
Providing cover teachers and supervisors when teachers attend CPD or events with our children.
Purchase of high-quality P.E equipment to help bolster the teaching efforts of our P.E Staff.
Impact of the Funding
St Matthew’s prides itself on being transparent on its expenditure and impact of it’s Sports premium. Please see the links below to read about the effect our sports premium has on our school:
PE and Sport Premium Impact Report 2018-19 and Action Plan 2018-19
St Matthew’s Action Plan for Gold School Games 2019-20