Pupil premium and sports premium

The government offers funding to tackle inequalities between children on free school meals and their peers called the pupil premium. Pupil Premium funding supports pupils who are currently eligible for free school meals, or who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

For the academic year 2020/21 our pupil premium funding is £43,040.


Browney Academy has a Pupil Premium Grant allocation of £43,040 for the academic year 2020-2021. This funding is given with a specific remit of diminishing any differences between disadvantaged pupils and those who are not disadvantaged. 

Browney Academy is working to support disadvantaged pupils in all areas of their education from the moment that they arrive in school. Our aim is that every disadvantaged pupil will achieve at least as well as their peers and have every opportunity to excel.

Some disadvantaged pupils face multiple and complex barriers during their education which make effective learning very difficult. Other pupils have very specific needs and others have few barriers at all. Below are some of the main difficulties faced, although the difficulties encountered are not unique to those who are disadvantaged.

The main barriers faced by eligible pupils in 2020/2021:

1.    Some pupils face challenges in their lives and have social, emotional and mental health needs that prevent them from learning (lockdown has increased anxieties for many pupils).

2.    Some pupils need additional adult support to help to enable them to fully achieve their potential during the school day.

3.    Some pupils have low expectations and low levels of resilience. 

4.    Some pupils have low levels of literacy and numeracy which impedes their learning and their confidence.

5.    Some pupils lack experience of enrichment activities and/or have little or low aspirations for their education.

Pupil Premium strategic plan for expenditure received 2020-2021

Considering the above data and understanding of barriers to learning, the total allocation to support pupils for 2020-2021 will be spent as follows:

N.B. The list below of overall spending categories is not exhaustive. Exact details of pupil premium spending may be so specific to one pupil’s needs, that this cannot be published here. For this reason, a summary of overall spending in different areas is provided.

Cost Area

Estimated cost

Additional targeted teaching and support (barriers 2 and 3)– This year focus has been underpinned by curriculum recovery.   All teachers plan for development which specifically identifies the needs of individual pupils (supported by the pupil premium).

All teachers focus on maths, language and literacy development. Vocabulary banks are commonly used, and new language carefully introduced. Enriching and extending the wealth of language used by pupils is a key focus for staff, understanding that this will provide a route to access learning and a wider range of future career options. We aim that gaps in missed learning are closed by the end of the year.


Pastoral Support (Barriers 1, 3 and 5)

There is a clear focus on increasing the resilience of pupils, building their self-esteem and also enabling them to develop those skills that will enable them to learn effectively in the classroom environment.  

Pupils work individually or in small groups with external support agencies in order to support their needs and to reduce anxieties.  Programmes such a Therapeutic Writing, Relax Kids and Lego Therapy are used to support with pastoral need.


Curriculum Programmes (Barrier 4)

Pupils are provided with additional support to close the gaps in their learning.  These programmes include Lexia, Mathletics, ReadiWriter and reading clubs.  First News and specific reading resources are bought to suit the interests and needs of specific individuals.


Trips and visitors (Barrier 5)

For some pupils, these experiences are subsidised to enable pupils experience, first-hand, the wide range of opportunities available to them. This also develops and their understanding of the wider world in which we live.


Enrichment (Barriers 1,3 and 5)

Enrichment activities allows pupils to access music tuition and a wide range reading resources with open further opportunities for pupil to raise their cultural capital.


 Estimated total expenditure


Measuring and Demonstrating Impact

  • Teachers will use internal tracking systems to measure the progress to meet outcomes set.  Interventions will be monitored closely for progress of identified pupils.
  • Pupil progress meetings each term will inform impact on progress and attainment through classroom interventions and will inform next steps.
  • Observations of children’s learning and work in books.
  • The recovery curriculum is monitored carefully to ensure gaps in pupils’ learning are closed before the end of the academic year.

Reviews of Impact

The impact of our actions above are reviewed termly with the Local Academy Council. Some of the impact is qualitative (eg. the impact of theatre trips) but some is quantitative (eg. numbers of behavioural incidents, achievement data, attendance figures). 

Individual pupils are monitored daily where needed, to ensure actions to support them are taken swiftly.

The overarching impact of this work is to raise the standards reached by disadvantaged pupils and prepare them for the next stage of their education, employment or training.

We adapt our support and our plans for further work in the light of this evaluation. 

Ultimately, the impact of our actions over time are seen as pupils reach the end of Key Stage 2. The impact for each child at an individual level is monitored carefully during each academic year as they progress towards their end of key stage assessments.

Funding for the academic year 2019/20 was £50,124


The pupil premium received was: £50,124

Funding was allocated to the following areas.


Additional targeted teaching and support


Pastoral and emotional wellbeing support


Curriculum programmes




Uniform subsidies


Breakfast and after school provision


Total Cost


The impact of that expenditure on pupil premium children:

  • 73% of all pupils supported by the pupil premium funding accessed breakfast and/or after school sporting provision which increased children’s weekly participation in sporting activities. 
  • For those children attending breakfast club, punctuality and attendance are now in line with our school target.
  • All children received specific individual support with core subject intervention sessions. This targeted provision was successful in enabling pupils to catch up with other pupils if they had fallen behind, and for others to accelerate their progress further.
  • Uniforms were subsidised up to 50%. School trips were also subsidised, and this enabled equal access to enrichment activities for all children.
  • Regular reading opportunities have been provided to all children allocated pupil premium funding in their receipt of the First News children’s newspaper weekly.  
  • Attendance for pupils in receipt of pupil premium has risen this year and is now in line with school targets.




Sports premium and PE information

Since October 2013, the Government has provided all schools with sports premium funding. This year each school receives £16,000 and then an additional £10 per child in Years 1 to 6.

The Department for Education states its vision for the Primary PE and Sports Premium is for all pupils leaving primary school to become physically literate with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

It is expected that schools will see improvements against the following 5 key indicators:

  1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick starting healthy active lifestyles
  2. the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and school sport
  4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. increased participation in competitive sport

In 2020-21 Browney Academy was allocated £17,250 + £328 surplus due to COVID-19. Please find our predicted spend plan below. 

Swimming results 2019-2020

Due to COVID-19, Year 6 were unable to complete their final swimming allocation therefore results are based on their results at the end of Year 5.

Percentage of year 6 pupils who can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres – 78%    

Percentage of year 6 pupils who can use a range of strokes effectively - 78%

Percentage of year 6 pupils who can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. -78%