The government provides publicly-funded primary schools with ring-fenced funding to spend on their disadvantaged pupils (statistically likely to under-achieve through no fault of their own) and, additionally, to promote physical activity and sport, knowing how essential these are to emotional and physical well-being. As such, schools are obliged to report how they spent these funds in the previous academic year and the impact made.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve. The current level of pupil premium funding is £1345 per pupil for primary pupils.
PE and Sport Premium
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system. Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
The government are committed to ensuring all primary children do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (with at least 30 minutes being delivered in the school day). Schools are given funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education (PE), physical activity and sport on offer. Schools the size of Seva get £16,000 plus £10 per pupil.