Pupil Premium Statement
The Pupil Premium is an amount of money the government allocates to each school, to support all pupils to reach their potential. It is, in particular, aimed at pupils coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may also be in receipt of free school meals.
In 2021 – 2022 we will be focusing the money on ensuring that our disadvantaged children continue to get the best possible opportunities and that gaps are narrowing, especially due to school closures and lesson disruptions due to Covid-19. See below for our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2021 – 2022.
As a school we are committed to ‘diminishing the differences’ between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium forms a vital part of that process. Our approaches the Pupil Premium through the following principles:
- Academic performance– interventions for maths and English before and during school, booster classes, homework clubs, working in small groups. Phonics 1-1 support. Purchase of high quality class reading books and for the school library, parent library in EYFS.
Use of EAL teaching Assistant working with pupils new to English. Using the Catch-Up and Recovery Premium we will be ensuring that pupils work on basic skills in reading, writing and maths. Teachers will provide catch-up and pre-teach sessions during the day at least twice a week (See Catch-Up Premium) and TAs work with identified pupils before school starts
- Wellbeing– school counsellor working in school with identified pupils, to help overcome emotional barriers to learning, Speech and Language Therapist working in school to support pupils and staff in improving communication and language skills. Attendance, MAGIC and Star of the week celebrations and activities. Learning mentors working with groups of pupils to support with social skills and overcoming barriers to learning. Providing free breakfast in the morning for breakfast club.
- Enrichment activities– subsidised residential visits for pupils in Y5 and Y6, annual work week, attend workshops on and off-site, visiting museums, places of worship and places of interest,
- Improve physical performance– 2 week intensive Aquatic Centre swimming in Y6, use of PE grant for a range of after school clubs run by the school and outside providers, attendance in inter-borough competitions, residential activities, CPD opportunities for staff and specialist sports coaches.
- Narrow the gaps between PPG and Non-PPG
- Identify pupils for English and Maths interventions from Pupil Progress Meetings and pupil engagement
- Run bespoke interventions before school by Teaching Assistants and during school by class teachers at set times during the week
- Interventions are set to improve basic skills for English and Maths which supports the National Curriculum
It is the responsibility of the Deputy Headteacher to produce termly reports for the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and Governing Board covering:
- The effects of the expenditure on eligible and other groups made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
- An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
PE Premium Funding Strategy
Schools receive sports premium funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. At Keir Hardie Primary School, Sports Premium money has raised the profile of physical health, increased the range of sports we offer, more opportunities for inter and intra sports competitions and improved the quality of PE teaching and coaching our pupils receive.
As a result:
- Our school has been awarded the School Games Gold Award for 5 years running, now working towards the School Games Platinum Award.
- Pupils feedback in surveys shows PE is in the top 3 most favourite subjects
- We have oversubscribed sports clubs after and before school
- Our school is extremely successful in local competitions
Due to Covid-19, research shows a high proportion of pupils have had less opportunities for physical activity. This has led to a decrease in stamina for some of our pupils due to the sedentary behaviour.
A high proportion of our pupils live in a densely populated area with limited outdoor space or no access to garden spaces and a high number of families living in flats. This has impacted on physical exercise among our pupils. Our recovery curriculum is focused on strengthening our pupils’ physical and mental wellbeing. We have implemented short PE activities during the school day in addition to 2 PE sessions that each year group has per week. Pupils that are self-isolating are referred to websites that offer physical activities to encourage pupils to stay active at home.