Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and outcomes. Further information about Pupil Premium funding can be found here.
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The School Sport and Activity Action Plan set out government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day, with a recommendation of 30 minutes of this delivered during the school day. Sports Premium funding is intended to help primary schools to achieve this aim through additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE, physical activity and sport offered. Further information about the Sports Premium can be found here.
Sports Premium Funding at Holly Lodge Primary Academy
Holly Lodge Primary Academy’s physical education culture promotes a long term healthy lifestyle that is enjoyable and fulfilling. Our children are inspired to engage in physical activity, raise their attainment, extend their potential and develop a lifelong active lifestyle.
By placing PE and sport are part of a broad and balanced curriculum we provide for our pupils. Our PE and sport aspires to build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills enabling each child to be the best they can be by:
Improving health and well-being for all children
Providing high quality opportunities and outcomes
Encouraging community involvement
Promoting lifelong learning, active participation and competition
Raising achievement and supporting excellence
Year 6 Swimming 2022-2023
74% can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m
55% use a range of strokes effectively
51% perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Service Pupil Premium
At Holly Lodge we are pleased to welcome service families. Service families currently make up around 5% of the school.
We use money received from the SPP to help fund a member of staff with responsibility as the Service Children’s Champion and an ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant), who have responsibility for oversight of the personal and academic development of service children. They monitor the progress and pastoral welfare of this group of children. These members of staff are available to work individually with service children and families where required, and are able to tailor a bespoke individual plan to support needs. For example, we can offer support for a wider range of family pressures including behavioural issues, bereavement, divorce and separation. We are also able to support with signposting and can refer to our Kite Family Support worker. Intervention strategies and support are put into place to support learning where needed.
The designated staff also work to support teachers and families with the transition and integration process when children join Holly Lodge. The transition process is crucial in getting children into school and immersed in the culture as quickly as possible. We understand the pressure of moving around schools, and the importance of building friendships and enabling confidence for the new child.
We ensure a timely transfer of pupil records and liaison with transition schools.
We work to establish links to outside agencies, welfare organisation and service communities that will support the needs of all pupils and families and the school.
We are able to offer opportunities for service children to join together to share common ground and support each other, e.g. through initiatives such as “Little Troopers”.
We are able to offer subsidised provision for breakfast and after school clubs to help mitigate the negative impact on service children of family mobility or parental deployment and support children to write letters, make scrapbooks to help the child feel connected to their parent while on deployment.
We encourage service families to work closely with the school to identify any individual needs that may arise for the child, to ensure our children thrive and have the skills they need both emotionally and academically during their time at Holly Lodge and beyond.