Pupil & Sports Premium

Pupil Premium 2016-17


The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6).

In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools received £1,320 for Primary aged children and £935 for secondary school aged children.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, the following funding has been provided for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:

  • who were looked after by and English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted,
  • or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order,
  • or on a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).

These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.

More information is available on the Department for Education website

Our School

St John's Meads Church of England Primary School is of broadly average size (220 pupils).

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below average. There is evidence that the socio-economic background of our intake fluctuates and the percentage of pupils eligible for FSM or who have received FSM in the past 6 years currently stands at 12.7%.

How much Pupil Premium we received last year

The amount of pupil premium money received for last financial year (April 2015- March 2016) was £39,389.

How we spent the money last year (and why)

  • One to one tuition and small group booster work (£28,716) - This has given specific children the opportunity to receive extra support to help them accelerate their progress in reading, writing and maths. The interventions are carried out by especially trained Teaching Assistants and Qualified Teachers to ensure consistency across the school and are monitored rigorously on a termly basis.
  • Breakfast club support and after school club opportunities (£130) - This has given specific children an opportunity to come to school early and receive a healthy breakfast and ensure they start the school day on time and ready to learn and allowed them to receive booster sessions from 8.40am every day. Those children identified as needing further support in Reading and Maths have also had the opportunity to take part in a Reading Eggs and / or Mathletics after-school club to boost their understanding in these areas of the curriculum.
  • Resources for learning i.e. computing hardware and software, curriculum resources, sensory resources, books and play equipment (£8,570) - Mathletics, Reading Eggs and resources for a, “Sensory Circuits” intervention have all been bought to support and enrich our children's learning.
  • School visits & trips and enrichment activities eg. Swimming (£1,970) - This has included the funding for children to attend Residential trips in years 5 and 6 to maximise their opportunities for enriched learning and strengthen relationships with their peers.

The impact of the spending on the pupils for whom pupil premium was paid

Closing the gap data shows that Pupil Premium children make progress; matching or exceeding their expectations. 81% of children made the expected progress in Reading, 93% in writing and 85% in Maths. 70% of the children exceeded their expectations in reading.

How much Pupil Premium we have received this year

The amount of pupil premium money the school is expected for this financial year (April 2016 - April 2017) is £35,000.

How we plan to spend the money

The school intends to spend the Pupil Premium money in matching individual needs of children with an increased amount of 1:1 or small group work with a teacher or trained teaching assistant. The Staff are to focus on working together efficiently to ensure that the gap between the Pupil Premium children and their peers is closed quicker (through pre-teaching children and teachers taking focus group work in class). The progress of the children will be analysed every term to ensure that progress is being made effectively. The school will also purchase resources for learning and organise enrichment activities for the targeted children.

Sports Pupil Premium 2016-17

In 2013 The Government announced that it would be providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013 to 2016 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 - will be allocated to primary school head teachers. The money must be used to improve the provision of P.E. and school sport.

P.E. and school sport play a very important part in the life of St John's Primary School. We believe that P.E. and school sport contribute to the holistic development of our children and through participation, our children build and learn more about our key values such as respect, unity, cooperation and kindness for themselves and others.

We are therefore delighted to be able to use the £8,944 received for 2016-2017 sport premium funding to support the development of P.E. and school sport in the ways listed below.

How Will We Be Spending the Sports Funding and Who Will Benefit?

BUDGET - £8,944 (2016-2017)

We will use the funding to:

  • Provide PE trained teacher to teach alongside the class teacher for development opportunities enabling quality teaching and learning for all children. Led by SKiL (Springing Kids into Life) who take weekly PE lessons which teachers are expected to observe to improve their own practise.
  • Provide specialist sports teaching to every class during curriculum time so that all pupils benefit and develop their physical educational skills.
  • Develop the teaching and planning skills of our staff through the weekly observations, and then own delivery, of high quality PE teaching and involvement in team planning/assessment.
  • Purchase new sports equipment to be used in PE lessons and our after school clubs.
  • Enable increased participation in competitive sports events with other primary schools.
  • Purchase resources for encouraging physical activities during playtime.
  • Continue to offer a wide range and number of school activities to pupils across the school (Netball, Football, Cross Country Running, Athletics, Swimming, Dance and Gymnastics)
  • SKiL will provide extended school opportunities for pupils to take part in Gymnastics and Cricket sessions before school 3 times per week.
  • The funding will provide resources for swimming activities including galas

We feel that this is the most effective and efficient way for the funding to have a long lasting and positive effect on future learning and physical development of children within our school. Our overall aim is to raise standards in P.E. and school sport increasing the participation and opportunities offered to our children.

How the Impact Will Be Measured

  1. Teachers will feel more confident in developing and planning PE to the highest standards: Monitoring shows teachers have grown in confidence with their PE teaching and are improving their practice from their observations of SKIL sessions. This is raising attainment.
  2. Monitoring the uptake of places in school club PE activities. We expect to see an increase in percentage uptake. Children will feel more confident to participate in competitions. - This year SKIL have offered 3 clubs before school, which has had an increased intake compared to last academic year. Please the table below;
    (All After School)
    No. of Children 2015-16
    (All Before School)
    No. of Children
    Y1/2 Multi-Skills 6 (2.7%) Gymnastics (KS1) 10 (4.5%)
    Y3/4 Multi-Skills 8 (3.6%) Gymnastics (KS2) 15 (6.8%)
    Y5/6 Invasion Games 10 (4.5%) Cricket Club 12 (5.4%)
  3. Pupil Voice: Audit of children's confidence and understanding of PE skills throughout the year – The children are highly motivated by in their PE sessions. 96% of children find the PE interesting and 86% enjoy the different resources that have been purchased. Attainment has been raised because of this.
  4. Pupils will be keen to participate in sport activities with other schools: This year our children have taken part in the following local events; Swimming, Football, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Tennis and Netball. We were winners of the Eastbourne Swimming Gala and the Girl’s Cross Country Eastbourne and Lewes Area event. 31 individuals have taken part in these events.