Pupil & Sport Premium

Pupil Premium Statement

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is extra money that comes into our budget to help us make a positive difference to the educational outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. All schools are entitled to Pupil Premium. It is calculated by the number of pupils we have who are or were eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years or who are identified as looked after by a Local Authority (children in care or foster care).

At Firs Primary School, we have a very high percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals compared to the national average. As a result, we get a lot of pupil premium.

Why Is Pupil Premium Important?

Nationally, there is a strong link between economic disadvantage and poor achievement in schools. Across the country there is a significant gap between the progress made by pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are not eligible. There are many reasons why this gap exists. Pupil Premium is given to schools to help us try to close this gap. It is important because it enables us to counteract the disadvantages that poverty imposes on children. It ensures we can put the support in place to help every child in our school thrive and fully master each stage of the curriculum.

How Can We Spend Pupil Premium?

Although our Pupil Premium grant is calculated in terms of specific pupils, we do not have to spend the money directly on them. We can use the money as we see fit. However, we have to demonstrate how we are using Pupil Premium to close the progress gap between less and more advantaged pupils.

What is Primary School Sport Premium Funding?

Government funding is provided annually to develop PE, School Sport and Physical Activity in all primary schools (Primary Sport Premium Funding).

We have considered carefully how to utilise this funding to improve teaching and learning in PE across the school and impact on the pupils within our school. We believe that the Sport Premium funding should support three key areas; physical education, healthy, active lifestyles and competitive school sport.

2018 progress of Disadvantaged children statement:

Disadvantaged children at Firs Primary School made good progress from KS1 prior attainment in 2018.  The brief report below (linked document) aims to highlight the good progress Disadvantaged children at Firs Primary school achieved in comparison to national data.

Reading 2018

Disadvantaged children at Firs Primary school achieve progress scores higher than other national children.  Disadvantaged children at Firs made better progress than (All) children in the school.  The progress made (0.7) is above the national expectation of 0.  Progress in Reading is good.

Mathematics 2018

Disadvantaged children at Firs (-0.2) made progress broadly in line with the national expectation (0).  The progress made by Disadvantaged children at Firs is broadly in line with other children nationally and above that of (All) children within the school. Progress in Mathematics is good for Disadvantaged children.

Writing 2018

Disadvantaged children (0.4) at Firs Primary school made progress above the national expectation (0) and above other national children (0.2).  Progress in Writing for Disadvantaged children is good.

Three year progress statement 2016 to 2018

Progress over the previous three years for Disadvantaged children has significantly improved during the 2018 academic year.  In Reading and Writing Disadvantaged children’s progress is in the upper Quartile 2, whilst in Mathematics it is ranked in the middle Quartile3.  The focus on Disadvantaged children, and the use of the Pupil Premium fund, is ensuring that Disadvantaged children are above the expected national data and have clearly made good progress in all three core subject areas; there are no variations between Disadvantaged and other children regarding progress.

Our Pupil Premium and Sport Premium Statement and review documents:

Every year, we write a statement, detailing the amount of Pupil Premium and Sports Premium grant we get and the way we spend it.  Please view our current statement, and previous ones, below: