Pupil Premium & Sports Premium Funding
Pupil Premium Strategy
The Pupil Premium is additional money given to schools to enable them to support pupils, who may be disadvantaged, to raise their educational attainment. It is available to schools to support pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and those who are Looked After or in Care (LAC).
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Sports Premium Grant
Sports Premium Background
The government is providing funding of £450 million over 3 academic years. This funding has been given directly to head teachers to spend on improving the quality of PE and school sport provision. Ofsted will increase monitoring of PE as a result of this increased funding. Representatives from Sport England, the Association for Physical Education and the Sport and Recreational Alliance suggested to the government that the best way of using the funding is by schools employing a specialist PE teacher. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years - here at The Palmer Academy that will mean around £9,000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
The Palmer Academy Vision
To highlight The Palmer Academy’s commitment to PE and School Sport, a full time PE specialist teacher and two PE specialist teacher assistants have been employed this academic year. This PE department will deliver high quality lessons which are well organised and where the children will always have their own equipment to use for the duration of the lesson. The children will develop a healthy competitive attitude both within a team and also as an individual. Whilst in school, children will be given the opportunity to participate in at least one or more extracurricular sports club. The aim is for all children to feel inspired by physical activity so that they will want to continue physical activity after they leave The Palmer Academy. Through educating the children on the benefits of physical activity, they will be encouraged to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.