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Red Oaks Primary School
Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Catch-up and Recovery

Pupil Premium Funding at Red Oaks Primary School

Red Oaks Primary School

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Pupil Premium Strategy Statement/ self evaulation:
2023/24 2022/23 2021/22 2020/21 2019/20 2019/20- Covid-19 review 2018/19 2018/19 Impact Statement 2017/18

The pupil premium grant is funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in state-funded schools in England.
The grant also provides support for children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces, referred to as service pupil premium (SPP). This has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending. Pupils that the SPP intends to support are not necessarily from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.
Red Oaks Primary school is committed to providing the best possible education for all our children. We have high aspirations and expectations for them all. This includes making appropriate provision for those who may be at a disadvantage. It is our aim that all children are given every opportunity to realise their potential.

Who is eligible?
Your child may be entitled to a Pupil Premium if any of the following apply.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you think you are eligible please scan the QR code and apply:
Red Oaks Primary School

What are the main barriers to closing the gap?
  • Children not physical, emotionally or mentally prepared for school.
  • Poor communication skills and poverty of vocabulary impacting on spelling and reading
  • Attendance of disadvantaged children was below 95% for the last academic year (91.5%)

How is the Pupil Premium grant spent?
The way that the Pupil Premium grant is spent is down to each school how they see it best to support their pupils. At Red Oaks we use the pupil premium grant on:
  • Safeguarding/Pastoral Lead and an ELSA trained Teaching Assistant – will work with vulnerable children to ensure they can access learning
  • Provide Whole school training on a variety of quality first teaching strategies
  • Targeted Speech and Language intervention in Nursery and Reception
  • All school trips and residential visits for PP children to be paid for to guarantee attendance
  • Access to extra curricular activities in school and out of school e.g. music lessons, clubs etc
  • Purchase of key learning resources e.g. Virtual Reality headsets

This represents some of the key areas that the pupil premium has been spent on. For a more detailed breakdown please see the Pupil Premium strategy statement at the top of this page. We constantly review the impact of any intervention or support that is put in place.

The Government believes that Headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium funding. Schools are required to publish a strategy report reviews the approach taken and sets new targets for the coming academic year. The Pupil Premium Lead at Red Oaks will also meet regularly and be held accountable by a member of the Local Advisory Board (LAB) with a specific remit for Pupil Premium.

Sports Premium Funding at Red Oaks Primary School

Evidencing the Impact       2022-23      2021-22       2020-21       2019-20       2018-19       2017-18

Get active club: One of the new Sports premium initiatives has been the establishment of a Get active club at lunchtimes. Great activities and new friends for all.
See the photos
Cricket after school club: Another great new initiative from the Wiltshire Cricket Board - Curriculum enrichment and a new after school club.
See the photos

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

From September 2013, schools were asked to show how they have spent their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the 'Inspectors' handbook'. Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.

Amount of funding
Red Oaks Primary is allocated funding per academic year depending on the exact numbers of pupils.

How has the funding been allocated so far?
We have continued to improve the level of sports coaching at school by employing specialists to demonstrate the individual sports of Rugby, Football, Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Cricket, Hockey , Netball, Basketball and Tennis . This has up-skilled all teachers concerned and additional funding has also gone into boosting basic equipment levels. We have continued with the Golden Mile initiative which is aimed at quantifiably measuring all children’s basic fitness levels throughout the school and remeasuring at 4 monthly intervals.
The remainder of the grant is being allocated to funding a number of after-school clubs covering a range of sports activities and boosting participation in both these and outside local clubs.

The impact of Sports Premium funding;
The impact has been quantified through entry/exit reviews of children and staff, measurement of national awards gained (i.e Gymnastics) , improved levels of teaching skills and quantifiable results as shown with the Golden mile.
It is easy to see that we are offering a wider range of sports activities due to employment of additional coaches and we feel that initiatives such as the Golden Mile will give us more solid quantifiable data on which to judge the impact. Each of the initiatives will continue to be reviewed and the impact assessed. This will guide us on whether we continue with each of the initiatives in each year as we look to other ideas to improve the provision of PE and sport and look at more diverse sports. This current year we have introduced the New PE Passport i-pad based teaching resource, which provides a comprehensive teaching package and progression of skills across all age ranges and disciplines. We can include assessment and observations as well as track children’s progress with this new scheme.

Each class is timetabled for two lessons of Physical Education each week. The nature of P.E. includes team games, gymnastics, athletics and dance. Emphasis is placed upon the teaching of a range of ball skills at an early age i.e. throwing and catching, batting, kicking and uses of rackets, bats and sticks. In addition we have a fully timetabled Fundamentals program, skipping, skateboarding, table tennis and keep fit equipment available during all playtimes. There are good facilities for sports at Red Oaks Primary School. There are 2 well-equipped school halls and good sized playing field, as well as one large, outdoor hard core M.U.G.A.
Throughout the year P.E. lessons are taken outdoors. Traditional team sports - five-a-side Football, Netball, Cricket and Rounders are played with the older children.
After school activities include football, rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, dance, martial arts and gymnastics.
The school welcome community use, and we are pleased to note that amongst our regular users and providers are local martial arts groups and Swindon Supermarine Rugby club.
During the year we have continued to work closely alongside our local secondary school at Abbey Park and as part of the trust we have engaged in many joint initiatives where their sports leaders have led many initiatives and supported inter school competitions as well as the loan of facilities.

Universal Catch Up and Recovery Premium Funding?
What is Catch Up and Recovery Premium Funding?
In 2020-21 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. This funding included:
A one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
A £350 million National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes: A schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds.
A 16 to 19 tuition fund.
An oral language intervention programme for reception-aged children.
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.

Funding allocations for 2023-24
School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.
Mainstream schools will get:
£145 for each eligible pupil in mainstream education
£290 for each eligible pupil in a special unit
Other types of eligible schools will get £290 for each eligible pupil.

Using Catch Up and Recovery Premium Funding
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to recover lost learning, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year in actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
Below is our Catch Up plan and Recovery Premium Funding Plan which details how we are spending our allocated money to ensure as many of our children as possible get the opportunity to recover lost learning time.

Recovery Premium 2021.22 Catch up Funding 2020.21 Catch up Funding 2021.22
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Red Oaks Primary School, Redhouse Way, North Swindon Learning Campus, Swindon SN25 2AN
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