What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.
At Wimborne First School we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
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.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher or a delegated member of staff to produce regular reports for the governor’s curriculum committee on:
The progress made towards narrowing the gap by year group for socially disadvantaged children.
Plus an outline of the provision in place since the last meeting.
An evaluation of the cost effectiveness in terms of the progress made by pupils receiving a particular provision when compared to other forms of support.
It will be the responsibility of the chairperson of the curriculum committee to make this information known to the full governing body.
The governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the pupil premium funding has been used to address the issue of narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department of Education.
The school is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, whether or not they are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
Wimborne First School has considered how to use the Pupil Premium funding they receive to support eligible children. If your child is eligible for a funding grant called `Pupil Premium, then you could receive support as follows:
Free School Sweatshirt
Free School Bookbag
Free School PE bag
If you are entitled, and have already purchased these items, the school can give a refund. This offer cannot be repeated more than once a year.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
- Income-Based Job Seekers' Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
How do I claim my Free School Uniform?
As soon as confirmation has been received from Dorset County Council that you are entitled to Pupil Premium funding, the school office will contact you.
The school office will provide you with the school book bag and P.E. bag and arrange a free sweatshirt for you.
You may also be entitled to Pupil Premium funding if any of the following applies to you:
- You are the parent of a child adopted from care
- You are in receipt of a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
- You are, or have been, entitled to the Service Child premium in the last 4 years
- You have been eligible for Free School Meals within the last 6 years
Applying for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Funding
PLEASE APPLY EVEN IF YOU ARE RECEIVING HOT MEALS IN REC/Year1/Year 2
If you feel you could be eligible for free school meals, it is very simple to apply and takes moments to do.
Please click on the following link to be taken to the Dorset County Council free school meals site.
You will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next steps in the process.
The school is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, whether or not they are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
What is the PE premium?
The School Sports Premium is funding given to schools to promote sport as part of the Olympics 'inspire a generation' message.
We have used the documents published by the Ofsted and the DfE (shown below) to support us in assessing and auditing our provision of PE and identifying what to spend our PE Premium on.
We are also registered with 'Active Dorset' who send regular newsletters updating us on new guidance and reports, regarding the PE Premium and how the funding should be spent.
PE Premium 2017-2018
Please read our PE Premium planned expenditure for this academic year.
PE Premium 2016-2017
Last year, we used our funding to build on the successes from previous years by:
- Continuing to subsidise the costs of some afterschool sports clubs to encourage greater participation in sports
- Running an after school football club for talented pupils
- Attending local competitions and involving a number of children in these competitions
- Running a Mindful Movement group, which combines yoga and Pilates
- Having a 'Mindful Movement' staff training to teach staff about this to use with classes and to support teachers wellbeing
- Continuing to hold lunchtime football tournaments
- Continuing to provide enrichment activities by working with local sports clubs
- Continuing to review and update playground equipment and PE equipment
- Supporting Pupil Premium children with the cost of attending sports clubs
- Release the PE Leader from the classroom to manage the impact of the funding and monitor PE across the school
- Develop CPD opportunities for staff where required, including supporting Newly Qualified Teachers with their professional development
- Working to develop staff confidence in PE by team teaching with experienced specialist coaches
The impact of these successes:
During 2016-17, 79% of our children in years one to four participated in regular sports activity. This is a massive increase from the previous year (61%) and demonstrates the impact of using the funding to inspire children to participate in sports activities. We have also seen an improvement in the achievement of pupils against Age Related Expectations in PE. If you would like to find out more about the impact of the PE premium, then please contact the PE Leader.
In addition to this, throughout the year and after each event, the PE Leader has conducted a number of pupil, parent and staff voice questionnaires to assess the impact of the events and activities organised:
Wake and Shake: This is a morning exercise activity before school where children, staff and parents start the day energetically!
- "I liked that everyone danced to the beat." Year 2 child
- "It really helped me concentrate more on my work - I could work more on my own." Year 2 child
- "I loved doing it." Year 2 child
'Can do' Water sports Festival: A group of children with SEN attended this event and tried their hand at kayaking and other water sports.
- "A fantastic day! The children got to experience sports that they had never tried before and develop their confidence and overcome fears, building resilience in the process. They all got a chance to experience success. Parents reported a rise in self esteem in the children." Inclusion Leader
- "I worked with my friends - it was lots of fun." Year 4 child
- "I loved it! It was nice to do something different at school." Year 4 child
Lunchtime Football: A lunchtime football league has been set up with a referee and coach to manage games and teams from each class. Teams are mixed and each class names their team.
- "We all decided what we needed to do together. We had some top strikers and more defenders." Year 2 child
- "People are better behaved now and we fall out less and play better as a team." Year 3 child
- "When the coach is in, there is more structure and the children get on better. They all want to join in with football." Lunchtime Play Leader
Football Team: We have used the funding to train a football team who have attended a range of football competitions with other schools. They have developed teamwork, respect and sportsmanship skills.
- "I wasn't into football that much before but I am now!" Year 3 child
- "Doing this has made me like football even more!" Year 3 child
- "We are really good as Matty trains us." Year 3 child
- "Go on the football team. It is fun." Year 3 child
Changes in playground equipment: At the start of the year, we funded an update of the playground equipment and 'zoned' it to give the children the opportunity to participate in more sporting activities and to ensure that all children had the chance to participate in activities.
- "The children enjoy playing with the equipment and like having new zones opened up." Lunchtime Play Leader
- "I like all the new toys in the zones." Year 1 child
- "I play with the equipment more now than the old things. It's better." Year 2 child
- "I do lots of running and I play cricket." Year 2 child
- "It was an absolute delight to see calm and extremely well organised play. All children were in the zones and having so much fun!" HLTA
Mindful Movement: Our children worked on their breathing, concentration and balance skills through their Mindful Movement sessions.
- "I am overwhelmed with the difference I have noticed in each child. One is able to maintain their focus and concentration for much longer. Another child is now much calmer after her sessions. Another child has dramatically grown in confidence and their core strength is so much better!" Class teacher
- "My child is much more confident." Year 4 parent
- "He can control his mood much better." Year 4 parent
- "His coordination has begun to improve and he is much more aware of his 'edges.'" Year 3 parent
- "My child is calmer in certain situation, happier with school life and more positive in general." Year 2 parent
- "I feel it has helped him become more focussed and calm" Year 2 parent
- "I ask him to use the movements when he is starting to get over excited or agitated. It instantly calms him down and helps him to become more focussed." Year 2 parent.
- "I feel awake and relaxed at the same time." Year 2 child
Please read our funding document to find out more about our spending of the PE Premium from last year:
If you would like to find out more about PE at Wimborne First or to look at the enrichment activities that we have been participating in then please visit the 'Curriculum page' and click on PE.
School Games Mark
We have been awarded the 'Sainsbury's School Games Silver Mark'. This award recognises that:
- A high percentage of children participate in at least one extra curricular activity
- We provide 2 hours of PE per week during curriculum time
- We hold regular intra school sports competitions
- We participate in number of events and competitions with local schools
- We value PE and report events in our newsletters, on our website, and within school
- We have links with the local sports clubs, including the tennis, football and cricket club
PE at Wimborne First School
During 2015, we had a specialist from Active Dorset come in to school to support us to assess the quality of our PE provision and PE teaching. The ‘Bolton Council School Self Evaluation of Subjects – PE (2012)’ was used to evaluate and describe PE provision at Wimborne First School:
Pupils are able to work independently when given the opportunity, taking the initiative in their work and when working with others
"The primary sports funding is being used to good effect"
"Pupils' achievement in physical education is good because of the impact of the primary sports funding" (Ofsted Report, February 2015)