Pupil Premium and Sports Expenditure
At Longwood we strive to break the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. We work hard to provide all our pupils including those disadvantaged with a good start in life and prepare them well for secondary school.
Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to tackle ‘educational inequality’ by raising achievement and improving outcomes for children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals; also pupils in care and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. The additional funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that still exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.
The government is providing funding of over £450 million per annum for academic years 2013-2021 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 have to spend the sport funding on improving provision of PE and sport but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
The vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium: ALL pupils leaving 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. The funding has been provided to ensure impact against the following OBJECTIVE: To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.