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Pupils with sports equipment at Marlborough Road Academy

Pupil & Sports Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Grant is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last six years, children who have been in care for more than six months and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to make up for the unequal opportunities that children on Free School Meals get compared with children from wealthier families. The school must make sure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium.

How do we make sure that the right children are benefiting?

With the high number of children facing challenges of various kind we fund for five teachers for four classes. This means that the Pupil Premium children can be given more support than would have been possible without the extra funding. Every pupil is assessed every ten weeks and support is put in place where required. Staff are aware of Pupil Premium children and ensure they receive support and intervention. All staff have high expectations for every child at Marlborough Road Academy – including those receiving Pupil Premium funding. We endeavour to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential and achieve the high targets set for them.

We invest in high-class training for both teachers and teaching assistants so that they make best use of the Pupil Premium grant. The Principal and Vice Principal constantly check on how the grant is being spent and the effect it is having. And they report every term to the governors who also monitor the use of the grant.

Education at Marlborough Road Academy isn’t just about the children doing well in tests. We provide a wide range of opportunities for children to broaden their experiences, including educational trips and visits. With around half the children in every class being on Free School Meals, Pupil Premium funds are set aside to make sure no child misses out. This includes a residential visit.

PE and Sports Premium

What is the PE and Sports Premium?

In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE & Sport Premium.

Why has it been introduced?

The PE and sport premium is paid directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced to spend on improving the quality of PE and sport provision for all their pupils. All primary schools in England with 17 or more primary-aged pupils receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil.

How do we make sure that the right children are benefiting?

At Marlborough Road Academy we share the Department for Education vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium - “that ALL pupils leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport”.

We believe that the impact of the PE and Sports Premium can be measured by:

1. The number of pupils engaged in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles (see a PDF of the tables on the left of this page)

2. The profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
PE is given a very high priority and is well supported by all staff. The Academy runs an extensive school programme of PE and sport and participates in a number of sporting competitions.

3. Confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
Our PE CoOrdinator organises PE across the whole school, is responsible for all extra curricular provision and is a member of the Salford Schools Sports Association. In Summer 2015, Marlborough Road Academy was responsible for organising the Saturday athletics meet at Broughton Playing fields.

Whole staff training is delivered via, for the example the Engage to Compete programme and sport specific training. Teachers have also been trained to deliver gymnastics and general games lessons.

To facilitate the lunchtime and after school activities, the Academy employs a part time teacher to organise and oversee the activities, a Sports Coach, and a team of Teaching Assistants who are all trained to be involved in delivering the activities programme.

4. A broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to pupils
Since receiving the additional funding, an extensive programme of PE and Sports has been introduced. The success of the programme and benefits to the Academy and pupils, in terms of improved behaviour, healthier lifestyles and physical fitness has led to a continuing and extended provision.

5. Increased participation in competitive sport
The extent of sports participation continues to increase with greater emphasis now being placed on inter school sport and more competitive matches. It is particularly pleasing to see an increase in the number of pupils being identified as ‘talented’ by sport Governing Bodies.

For further information on the Sports Premium Funding please click here: www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools