Pupil Premium/ PE and Sport Premium

Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money for pupils from deprived backgrounds, (which research shows) under achieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.

The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are CLEAR that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment and to diminish the difference between the two groups. Schools and governors will be accountable for diminishing the difference, and school performance tables include new measures that show the attainment of pupils receive the pupil premium compared to their peers.

We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM (free school meals). We reserve the right to allocate PP funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils across the school, who we identify have needs. Therefore PP money is used to enhance their life chances and experiences

At St Cleopas, we have high aspirations and expectations of our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but what you can achieve that makes the difference between success and failure. We know that pupils learn more effectively if they feel valued, happy and secure and we have established a caring positive environment in which all individuals can flourish.

About the 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.

The Department for Education states that 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.

At St Cleopas, we will use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the physical education (PE), physical activity and sport we provide to our pupils and within the flexible framework provided by the government to spend the money as we see fit.