Pupil Premium Funding, Sports Premium Funding and Covid-19 Funding

Pupil Premium spending St Newlyn East Learning Academy

What is the purpose of the Pupil Premium and how do we benefit as a school? The Pupil Premium is a grant that schools receive from central government which is to be used for the purpose of improving the achievement and life chances of disadvantaged pupils. We know from national data that this group of pupils underachieves at every stage from 5 to 16 years when compared with other pupils.

The aim of this document is to show you how we are spending the grant in ways that will help to ensure that disadvantaged pupils fulfil their potential and do at least as well as their non-disadvantaged peers with similar starting points.

How much funding do we receive and how is this worked out? 

For the current year - 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 - we have received a total of £42,520

We have received this amount because of our pupils are eligible for Pupil premium funding at £1,345 per pupil.

To attract Pupil Premium funding children must have been registered by their parents or carers for free school meals at any point in the last six years. At present 12% of our children attract pupil premium funding which is well below the national average.

In addition, looked after children attract an enhanced pupil premium of £2300 per pupil.

If you think that your child might be eligible for free school meals, please do not hesitate to contact us because this could bring additional funding into our school which can be used to provide valuable support. Rest assured that we will deal with any queries in the strictest confidence, and we can also provide help with filling in forms if required contact the school office.

What are we spending our money on in 2020/21 and why? We do not think it is right or just that any pupil underachieves because they happen to be born into a less wealthy family. We therefore aim to use our pupil premium grant to ensure that disadvantaged children have the same support and opportunities as other pupils and consequently do at least as well as them. We have thought very hard about how to spend our money this year so that it has the maximum impact on the learning and progress of the children it is intended to support: 

Kernow Learning's Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020-23

Kernow Learning's role is to ensure that all children – including the most disadvantaged – get the educational opportunities they deserve and make the most of them. Moreover, the Trust is firmly committed to raising the achievement of disadvantaged children in each of its schools and refuses to accept that any child is ever destined to underachieve by virtue of their social circumstances. 


Sports Premium Spending St Newlyn East Learning Academy

 At St Newlyn East Learning Academy, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.

Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision in a number of ways. These include employing additional sports professionals and offering greater sporting opportunities. We will develop fundamental movement in sporting literacy and provide training to ensure our staff delivers high quality PE sessions.


St Newlyn East's Sports Funding

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.

What is the Sports Premium?

The 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 Principals/Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £16000 plus an extra £10 per pupil each year for the next two years. At St Newlyn East Learning Academy that will mean around £17000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.


Purpose of the funding

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


Possible uses of 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 material for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits


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

St Newlyn East Learning Academy agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; Pupils who are more able in sport are given the chance to participate against others of a similar ability and potential that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.

Funding will be used to improve confidence amongst staff in the delivery of high quality PE lessons across the school. We feel that this is the most effective and efficient way for the funding to have a long lasting and positive effect on future learning and physical development of children within our school.

What catch-up funding is for

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 includes:

  • 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: