Pupil and Sport Premium
Pupil Premium 2019-2020
At Abbotsweld Primary Academy across NET Academies and across schools nationally, the period from mid-March 2020 until the end of the academic year has been dominated by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The much reduced opening of all schools in March, followed by the period of widening opening of schools from 1st June has had a profound impact on the ability to implement the actions and strategies outlined in their current pupil premium strategy and/or planned expenditure.
Consequently, it has not been possible to implement and evaluate all planned strategies, with plans being amended and provision adapted to support our most disadvantaged pupils and families.
Across NET Academies we have continued to address the challenges faced by pupils who experience social disadvantage. Abbotsweld Primary Academy has put in place the following measures to support all families, including those eligible for the pupil premium grant:
- Daily home learning, on-line and in paper packs;
- Free school meals for all eligible children;
- Keeping schools open for key worker children during school holidays, including Bank Holidays;
- Welfare checks and support for all vulnerable pupils;
- Wellbeing programme implemented across all schools;
- Provision for all pupils to return to school for the last three weeks of term;
- Gap analysis assessments for each child to determine what needs to be taught next;
- A curriculum review to prioritise what must be taught in each year group;
- Additional art and crafts packs for all children in receipt of Pupil Premium;
- Text Book ’freebies’ available from 29th June for parents to have.
The evidence-informed approach we adopt across NET Academies is rooted in tackling educational disadvantage in the classroom. This is a long term approach; it may well be necessary and desirable for leaders to continue 2019-20 planned actions into the 2020-21 academic year and beyond. This is in line with EEF guidance on 'Putting Evidence to Work - A School's Guide to Implementation'. Planned activities and strategies need to be implemented effectively, over time. They need to be robustly evaluated and embedded to create sustainably positive outcomes for disadvantaged learners.
Sports Premium 2019-2020
Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in late March 2020, Abbotsweld Primary entered into a period of enforced closure for the vast majority of pupils; remaining open - since 23rd March 2020 - for the children of critical workers. From June 1st 2020 we reopened more widely to children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 and then on 29th June to all year groups, on a part time timetable. The enforced closure has significantly impacted on the planned events for the remainder of the spring and summer terms. A large number of sporting events (including those run by the SGO) were postponed; the School Games Awards were postponed with all schools maintaining the previous level of award; the swimming programme was not completed; and planned activities relating to Sports Premium funding were cancelled. This has resulted in Abbotsweld Primary like many other schools, having to extend targets and strategies to 2020-2021.
Update February 2021:
With the continued covid-19 outbreak Abbotsweld has decided to use the unspent grant carried forward on human resources to ensure our provision for Physical Education and sport is of high quality whilst some of our pupils are accessing education remotely.
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