St Michael's
Church of England Primary School

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Enabling every child to flourish in their potential as a child of God



Pupil Premium

We have high aspirations for all the children in our school community and believe that all children should have access to a wide and rich range of opportunities in order for them to flourish in their potential.  Therefore we seek, as a school community, to provide personalised learning opportunities and targeted support to allow every child to achieve their best.

Through quality first teaching and well-planned interventions, we ensure that the provision is made which secures teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.  We are also committed to meeting the children's pastoral, social and emotional needs within the school environment.

All matters regarding entitlement to exptra support and how and when we use funding, which derives from the pupil premium grant, are treated with discretion and confidence.  Also, we can assure all parents and carers that we do not assume that being entitled to free school meal means a child will be academically less able or be more like to have any additional or special educational needs

Pupil Premium funding is given to schools so that we can give better support to disadvantaged pupils and reduce the attainment gap between them and their peers. At St Michael’s all members of staff and governors have high ambitions and high expectations for all our pupils and we are committed to ‘diminishing the difference’ for pupil premium children. We are also dedicated to meeting the children’s pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. As a school we can decide how the funding is spent and we are able to decide what additional provision or support should be made for each individual child.

Pupil premium funding is based on parents' eligibility for (benefits-based) Free School Meals.  As a parent, you will be entitled to Free School Meals if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit – net earnings threshold of £7400.00 from April 2018
  • Guarantee element of pension credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

An application for Free School Meals will confirm whether you are eligible and allow the school to claim the Pupil Premium funding.

To apply you need to create an account and submit an online application at the link below:

www.lewisham.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

We use our pupil premium, along with all of our financial and human resources, to do all we can to ensure that children have access to a wide and rich range of opportunities in order for them to flourish in their potential. We can assure parents and carers that all matters regarding entitlement to extra support and how and when we use funding, which derives from the pupil premium, are treated with discretion and in confidence. We can also assure all parents and carers that we do not assume that being entitled to free school meals means a child will be academically less able or be more likely to have any additional or special educational needs.

A copy of our Pupil Premium Grant strategy for 2019 - 2020 can be accessed by clicking here (pdf).  The Pupil Premium Grant Strategy for 2019 - 2020 is in draft and soon to be published on the website.

The evaluation of the effectiveness and the outcomes for 2018 - 2019 can be seen by clicking here (pdf).


PE Grant

St Michael’s understands and values the importance of physical activity and sport. The children are encouraged to undertake a range of sports and activities both within the Physical Education (PE) curriculum, at playtimes and also in extracurricular activities. The Departments for Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport have allocated ring-fenced funding to support the provision of PE and sport in schools.

St Michael’s was allocated £17,860 in the year 2018-2019 to support and promote PE in school.

The funding has been used to:

  • Contract a sport specialist to help supplement the curriculum with resources to raise the quality of PE in the school and support teachers with the teaching of lessons.
  • To subsidise St Michael’s tracksuits, which children can wear to school on the day they have PE.  The aim was to raise the profile of PE and to maximise the PE slot as children don't have to waste time getting changed.
  • To have an increased number of swimming sessions for children in Key Stage 2 so that they can swim all year long.
  • Buy into services of consultant to train children to become playground leaders and teach them games that they can play with children.
  • To buy the services of ‘Teamsport’ to provide quality after school clubs, taught by qualified coaches, to give children the opportunity to enhance their sports skills. 
  • Pay for sports coach from Millwall Football Club to give identified children extra PE opportunities.
  • Contract a PE coach and release a staff member to give a group of 10 SEND pupils weekly lessons to support their understanding of team work.  The PE coach was also a reading mentor and read with boys from Year 3 to Year 6.
  • Buy the services of sports consultant who organises inter-school competitions / matches with other local primary schools.  
  • Release teachers and pay support staff to accompany the children to their competitions after school.
  • To contract a sports specialist to run Sports Day.
  • To purchase a range of high quality PE equipment and resources to ensure quality PE lessons can take place in both the infant and junior site.
  • To fund fruit for the Key Stage 2 playground at break time.
  • To launch Walk a Mile to Mayow park and pay for extra staffing to ensure we meet our adult pupil ratio. 

Impact

Sport has always had a high profile within our school, however, the funding has helped us to encourage the children to participate in active games with greater skill and accuracy.  As a result of the grant, we can provide higher quality PE opportunities for all, both in curriculum and out of hour provisions.  The introduction of the St Michael's tracksuits have had a significant impact... not only do the children enjoy coming to school in their tracksuit, excited because it is 'PE day', but it also maximises the PE time, as no time is wasted getting changed.   The stimulating playground activities and equipment give the children the opportunity to explore a range of different challenges and disciplines.   We found that children being part of organised activities, such as dancing, get less involved in negative behaviour. Team games and inter-school competitions have encouraged a positive spirit amongst the different age groups.  Children developed their understanding of sportmanship and resilience.  They also developed a love for the sport in which they were competing. 

Attainment

The school actively promotes the link between positive physical activity and positive mental well-being.  By having the opportunity to be active and engage in physical activities in the playground, children return to class ready to learn.  The fruit snack at break gives them the energy boost they might need to be active, not only physically, but also then to sustain their concentration in the classroom.   Children also used their understanding of team work and resilience across the curriculum. These are skills, which will benefit the children throughout their lives.

 Plans for spending the PE Grant for 2019-2020 and the impact of spending last year can be viewed by clicking here (pdf).