Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.



Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.

1.Teaching: Investing in high-quality teaching

2. Targeted Academic Support: Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs

3. Wider Approaches: Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges


More information can be found at the link below.



2022 - 2023 Pupil Premium Strategy Report

A copy of our pupil premium strategy report for this academic year can be found below. 


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.

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the physical education (PE), physical activity and sport they provide.

This means that you should use the PE and sport premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport that your school provides
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

You should use the PE and sport premium to secure improvements in the following 5 key indicators.

- Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity

- Profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement

- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

- Increased participation in competitive sport

More information can be found at the link below.



2021 - 2022 PE and Sport premium Strategy Report

A copy of our PE and sport premium strategy report for this academic year 2021 - 2022 can be found below. 


Covid 19 Catch Up Funding

The following information is taken from the DfE publication Catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).


What catch-up funding is for

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.



The followings settings are eligible:

  • primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained special schools
  • special academies and free schools
  • special schools not maintained by a local authority
  • pupil referral units
  • alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
  • local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies
  • independent special schools


Funding allocations

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.

Special, AP and hospital schools will get £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.


At Old Park School we have been granted £33,360 (Based on PAN of 139).


Payment schedule

Schools will get funding in 3 tranches.

Autumn 2020 – this is based on the latest available data on pupils in mainstream schools and high needs place numbers in special, AP, hospital schools and special schools not maintained by a local authority.

Early 2021 – based on updated pupil and place data. This payment will also take account of the initial part payment made in autumn 2020 so that schools will receive a total of £46.67 per pupil or £140 per place across the first 2 payment rounds.

Summer 2021 term - a further £33.33 per pupil or £100 per place.


Using catch-up funding

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.

While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.

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