Pupil and Sport Premiums
At The Giles Nursery and Infants’ School we recognise that children face many barriers to learning. We are committed to ensuring that these barriers are removed so that all children make good progress. How we use our Pupil Premium funding from government is an integral part of this. The following barriers are those we have identified as being most relevant to our most disadvantaged pupils:
- communication, speech and language skills particularly in Reception at the start of a child’s school
- pupils with multiple vulnerabilities, for example, English as an Additional Language (EAL) or
children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
- pupils with poor social skills or low self-esteem which can hinder development and learning
- lower than average baselines in reading and writing on entry
- high mobility of pupils (who move in and out of the area more frequently than usual)
- more able pupils making less progress than other more able pupils
- below average attendance rates (currently 93.9%, which is below our target of 96%)
- difficult home learning environment where they may be a lack of books, or internet or lack of
communication /literacy support owing to language barriers/EAL
- little or no access to wider cultural opportunities
We use or Pupil Premium Allocation from government to address these barriers.
For our detailed annual plan and review please click on the links below.
COVID-19 Catch Up Premium
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial. The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020-21 academic year, to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Details of the funding we have received and how it will be spent are outlined in the COVID-19 Catch Up Premium Strategy below.
We are a Sports Premium partner school of the Stevenage Sporting Futures Team. Our collaborative partnership enables us to offer our pupils a fully inclusive variety of sporting experiences, festivals and competitions.
We use our Sports Premium funding to provide high quality extra-curricular physical activities to encourage a lifelong healthy lifestyle as well as to enable targeted support by a sports apprentice to provide a wide range of opportunities to participate in active play, outdoor learning, extra-curricular clubs and to deliver identified school improvement targets through specific interventions.
The Daily Mile
2020-21 is the fourth year that we have been doing ‘The Daily Mile’. This has been a fantastic initiative to encourage children to take part in physical exercise and inspire them to make healthy life choices. ‘The Daily Mile’ involves walking, jogging or running around a marked out route every day in most weathers. The aim of ‘The Daily Mile’ is not only to improve the children’s fitness levels but also raise their self-esteem, increase their resilience and improve their concentration in the classroom. We have seen a change in attitude with the children displaying enthusiasm and excitement when they understand they are making their bodies stronger.