Learning & funding

Learning and Funding
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The Pupil Premium

The staff and governors of Meadstead Primary Academy are committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning opportunities provided in school meet the needs of all pupils so that all make excellent progress and achieve their potential.

The Pupil Premium allowance is allocated to schools in addition to the school’s budget share. This money is calculated on a given amount for every child in school who is entitled to free school meals or who has been entitled to free school meals over the last six years. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In our academy a decision has been made to use the Pupil Premium funding to reduce the historic underachievement of children from homes entitled to free school meals by providing additional support to children and their families and by providing resources to reduce barriers to learning.

Our school welcomes and shares the government’s aim of tackling all forms of disadvantage and works tirelessly to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners.

We recognise that the Pupil Premium funding is allocated to children as a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and in particular, in narrowing and hopefully eventually closing, any gap in attainment. In making appropriate provision for this we also acknowledge that not all pupils who have been in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or have qualified for free school meals.

For 2016-17 the allocated Pupil Premium for this school is  £116,160 (a reduction of nearly £20,00 from last year).  This is calculated on the basis of £1300 per eligible pupil and approximately 60% of our pupils are currently eligible.  The funding will be used in a variety of ways to support children's progress and attainment including their emotional well-being.   Major areas of spending will be on the provision of 'early intervention’ which is a dedicated to raising the achievements, progress and aspiration of children across the Academy.  In addition, we are investing heavily in new a new curriculum that incorporates a broad and balanced input to children that will enhance their literacy and numeracy skills across the whole curriculum.   Finally, we are using some of the funding to support our aim to raise pupil aspirations – that is for all pupils to seriously consider studying at university – so that there is no barrier.

We hope that, by providing the above, we will give every pupil, but especially pupils who may have had a disadvantaged start in life, the opportunities to ‘catch up’ with their peers.   This will enable them to continue successfully into secondary education and then to study at university for a degree if they so wish.  A university education significantly improves the chances of securing a well-paid and fulfilling job.

If you wish to know anything further about our Pupil Premium spending then please do not hesitate to contact the academy, (please see the action plan attached).

A breakdown of the Pupil Premium budget allocation for 2016 - 17 is shown below:




SEND, Literacy and Numeracy Champions



Additional Teacher in year 6 (1 days)


£10, 000

ICT resources - hardware and software



First 4 Number - Every child a counter



Educational Psychologist



Attendance rewards



Subsidy for breakfast club provision






Read, Write Inc. 



Grammar for Writing


Pastoral Support



Subsidy for educational visits



CPD teacher training –literacy and numeracy.





£118, 000


Primary School's Sports Premium Funding

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per year for the academic years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE

New or additional Change4Life sport clubs

Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport

Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport

Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games

Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport

Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.

How will we be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?

The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.

In 2016-2017 Meadstead Primary Academy received a sum of £8620.

The table below shows how we intend to spend the sports funding (plus curriculum funds) during 2016-2017 (figures are an estimation and may change due to inflation).

Review from spending of Sports Premium 2015-16 can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Sports Apprentice (£7000)

The academy has appointed a sports apprentice that will provide additional sporting opportunities for all children in the academy. There will be a strong focus on physical literacy and numeracy.

Providing places for pupils for after school sport club (£3000)

Our Academy already offers a range of before and after school clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages one and two. These clubs will continue to run as before, with no fee charged by the coaches who deliver these clubs. From September 2013, we will be offering clubs in dance, gymnastics, multi skills, tri golf, dodge ball, fitness, cricket, hockey, football and basketball.  

Providing opportunities for children to compete (£2000)

We have opted to run a pyramid approach with the other schools in our locality and will aim to have a KS1 and KS2 tournament every half term rotating around the schools in a variety of sports.

The Academy will offer a range of tournaments and fixtures between the cluster primaries, whilst offering exit routes for our more gifted children, allowing them to compete against other children at a higher level. We feel it is important that children who are more able in sport are given the chance to participate against others – this is part of the National School Games Package.

Providing opportunities for Outdoor Learning (£5000)

The Academy will be looking to improve the out door areas in FS1/KS1 and KS2 to enhance outdoor learning opportunities.

Providing opportunities for professional coaching (Free - grant funded)

We have been successful with a trio of other schools to receive an Awards for All grant to enable Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Team opportunity to work with children from years 1-6 in addition to their allocated PE slots and additional after school coaching in a hope that a pathway is created from children who want to compete at the next level. we have also secured funded coaching from Barnsley Football in the Community.


Total spend £17,000