The area of pupil premium and the support for disadvantaged children and families is a crucial part of the work that we do as leaders, teachers and governors. The aim of the pupil premium is to raise the attainment of children who are from lower income families. The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units.
Dunston Hill Community Primary has an excellent record of gaining high attainment for all our children from all backgrounds.
The impact of Pupil Premium spend is evaluated and monitored by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors throughout the year. Pupil Premium priorities will be reviewed in line with the school improvement plan, school budget reports and feedback from pupils, staff and parents.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant, our main objectives as a school with related outcomes and how we allocate the funding.
PE and Sport Premium funding has been provided jointly by the Department for Education, the Department for Health and Culture and the Department for Media and Sport. It has been allocated to primary school Headteachers and is ring-fenced to be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools. The Government believes that Headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the funding for PE and Sports in school. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- The performance outcomes of all pupils compared with their peers
- The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular in those areas where specific funding has been provided
- The reports that schools are required to publish online for Parents
In 2021-22 all primary schools received £16,000 plus an additional £10 per pupil aged 5 or over on roll, over two payments. Here at Dunston Hill Community Primary School we aim to use the funding effectively to ensure that standards of learning and achievement in PE and Sports are raised for all children, regardless of their background, enabling them to engage in physical activity as part of the curriculum and extra-curricular provision.
Unspent PE and sport premium grant funding
As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department for Education took steps to relax the ring-fencing arrangements for the PE and sport premium in the 2019 to 2020 academic year to allow any unspent grant to be carried forward into the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
On 17 June 2021 the Education Secretary announced a further relaxation of ring-fencing arrangements for the PE and sport premium. This will allow any unspent grant to be carried forward into the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
Any under-spends carried forward from the 2020 to 2021 academic year, and the 2021 to 2022 academic year, will need to be spent in full by 31 July 2022. Schools should factor this into PE and sport premium spending plans.
We are delighted to note the government’s recent announcement that funding is to continue for the next academic year, 2022-23.
Gateshead School Sport Partnership
Dunston Hill continues to buy into the Gateshead School Sport Partnership at premium service level. This provides our children with access to a wide range of intra-school games competitions and festivals. The Partnership enables Dunston Hill Community Primary to actively engage with other Gateshead schools and involves our children participating in a range of disciplines and activities from Reception to Year 6: including Change4Life, cross country, dance, girls’ football, Hi5 netball, Kwik cricket, mini-basketball, multi-skills, rounders, Quadkids athletics, sports hall athletics, swimming etc. The agreement also includes staff training and network meetings for our PE subject leader, Miss Chloe Conway.
COVID-19 Catch-up Premium
The DfE have identified the need to help schools to provide additional support for children to make further progress in the curriculum after a significant amount of time from school during the pandemic. All schools have been allocated a set amount based on £80 per pupil, which provides a budget that can be used to have the most significant impact possible. A summary of the total £30,640 spend can be found below.