Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Report for 2016-17

Our Pupil Premium Grant for the academic year 2016-17 is £16,840 and is being used in a number of ways to support raising the attainment of vulnerable children. Children who have been or are currently eligible for Statutory Free School Meals and other socially disadvantaged children are included in the different provisions as appropriate to their individual needs.  Children who are Looked After or Adopted are eligible for Pupil Premium Plus funding and are also included in the different provisions as appropriate.

The percentage of pupils at St James' who receive funding is 3.7%
The grant is being used for the following:

To provide 1-1 reading sessions for children in Year 1 with an experienced teaching assistant.

To provide small group work for children across the school with Speech and
Language needs.

To provide 1-1 play therapy sessions with a Fegans counsellor.
To provide a nurture group for children in Year R and Year 1 so that vulnerable children can learn in a small group setting.

To provide a Forest Schools group for vulnerable children to attend.

To enable vulnerable children to attend extra-curricular after school clubs such as art club and football club.

This provision has had a positive impact on pupil progress throughout the school.  Our Year 2 children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding are broadly on track to make the expected progress at the end of Key Stage One.


Sports Premium

It is expected that schools will see an improvement against the following 5 key indicators:

1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
2. the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
5. increased participation in competitive sport

Please click the link below to see how we are using our funding to achieve these points:

Sports Premium 16-17
We have spent a large amount of our finding on laying a path that links the playground to the trim trail, creating a large circuit. This enables running club and morning running to take place on days when the field is wet or muddy. We have also used the path to support Balanceability, giving children opportunities to ride the bikes round the path, a challenge to control the bike on uneven terrain.
Having spoken to staff about the INSET, it was agreed that it would be most beneficial if it focused on Striking and Fielding. We therefore arranged a staff meeting that supported us with this unit. As a result of this, not only are staff more confident delivering striking and fielding lessons, but we were able to edit and improve our striking and fielding plans with ideas from the meeting.
Some of the premium money has been used for lesson cover when taking teams to competitions. This has allowed us to participate in 3 competitions this year, each time taking a different group of children ranging in age and physical ability.

Sports Premium 15-16
We have purchased a set of balance bikes and all the relevant equipment needed to deliver Balanceability sessions (including a shed to store them in). Some funding was also used for training to be able to deliver Balanceability sessions in school. All the children have had an opportunity to use the bikes and staff are encouraged to use them as provision in their outdoor areas. Children were identified in all year groups to continue with sessions throughout the summer term. All these children showed significant improvements, many of them progressing from unstable to actually being able to glide. The bikes develop balance and co-ordination. They also help to build core strength. These things not only prepare them to eventually ride a pedal bike but core strength and gross motor are key for children developing their fine motor too. The use of the bikes also promotes healthy and active lifestyles.
We have also purchased new wall bars. They are much more child friendly and can be adapted to suit the different age groups. This makes it easier to ensure individual needs are met and appropriate levels of challenge are available.
We used £2,900 so buy in to the PE Partnership, which supported us in CPD for staff. Almost all teachers have now had a half term of team teaching alongside the partnership to develop confidence and improve the quality of teaching. The partnership also ran a staff meeting for all staff in the Spring term.