Grant Funding

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

Revision of the premium grant expands this allocation to include not only pupils currently on FSM but all pupils who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years and registered at our school.

We are allowed to allocate the money in a manner that will benefit these children and to ensure they have the opportunities to achieve their full potential, both academically and socially; this allocation of funds is unique to each setting.

Our Pupil Premium grant is being used for the most part to boost one to one support. This time is being focused on helping the children in this category towards attaining their full potential in both Literacy and Numeracy.

How much PPG Funding did we receive for 2017 – 2018?

Our Pupil Premium Grant for 2017-2018 amounted to just under £12,600

Notional SEND Funding £11,400 2017-2018

Combined fund of approx. £24,000.00

Summary of PPG and Notional SEND Expenditure

Contribution towards the cost of a part time Learning / Reading Mentor / Teaching Assistant £9,000.00
Teacher led Booster Classes £1,500.00
After School and Out of School Clubs £2,200.00
Trip reserve £600.00
Resources £1,600.00
School Improvement & Staff Professional Development £9,000.00
Parent Courses £300.00
Total amount of combined expenditure £24,000.00

Impact of PPG Funding – Our Pupil Premium Strategy

The use of pupil premium in this manner is reflected in the substantial and quantifiable progress of those children involved, which in some cases have seen pupils move up to 3 levels in Reading, which in turn boosted confidence in other subject areas.

SEN – Special / Additional Educational Needs / Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP)

Our academy embraces the fact that every child is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different; this is certainly the case for children with Special / Additional Educational Needs.

All schools / academies in Staffordshire have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with EHCP / Special Educational Needs and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, are given every opportunity to make the best possible progress.

All schools and academies are expected to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ can be broken down as follows;

  •          Communication and Interaction
  •          Cognition and Learning
  •          Sensory or Physical Needs
  •          Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

Please see our SEND Progress chart below for further information.

SEND PROGRESS 2017 – 2018
Subject Maths Reading Writing
Percentage making expected progress 83% 100% 100%
Percentage making above expected progress 33% 33% 17%

Swimming Proficiency 2017 – 2020

We offer all pupils access to what we term ‘Flexi-Swimming’ where we provide funding for each child to have a place in group lessons at their local pool after school hours.

This approach allows us to meet and exceed DfE expectations by the end of Year 6 and also releases time in the curriculum otherwise used for swimming and its associated travel arrangements for other subjects, thereby easing pressure on teaching.

Since our introduction of Flexi-Swimming in 2012 we have seen most if not all of our pupils meet or exceed the National Curriculum expectations for the end of Year 6. During our 2013 Ofsted inspection we were praised for an innovative approach by the inspector.

During 2017-18 – 80% of our Year 6 Class exceeded the NC requirement to be able to swim 25m

During  2017-18 – We elected to use a greater portion of our sports funding to boost the whole school swimming standards by offering weekly lessons throughout the full year rather than for a term over 92% of the pupil population from Reception through to Year 6 took advantage of our offer. We now have some Year 4 & 6 pupils who have achieved between 200m and 800m, Year 3, 4 & 6 pupils who have achieved 200m.

For 2018-19 – 90% of our Year 6 class will exceed the NC requirement of swimming 25m and 100% should pass

Physical Education (P.E.) / Use of PE-Sport Grant – A key focus in the use of the Sports Grant here at Hollinsclough in the early years of the grant being available was to develop a programme of replacement / upgrade, during which time we were able to renew most, if not all of our P.E. equipment and make provision for more robust items to be permanently installed on the playground and playing field.

Over the intervening years we have also focused on Staff development and additional swimming lessons for all pupils.

Our Outdoor Adventure weeks allow all of the pupils from Reception through to Year 6 to take part in a variety of outdoor pursuits, trips and special events, some of this cost is met by parents 

Planning and Impact Reports

2018 – 2019 Sports Funding Action Planning
2018 – 2019 Sports Funding Impact Report
2017 – 2018 Sports Funding Action Planning
2017 – 2018  Sports Funding Impact Report

2018 -2019 Grant – approx. £16,000.00

Outdoor Adventure week – the whole school £3500.00
Chris Hill Community Sports / Outdoor Genius / Forest school / Drama £2600.00
Bespoke PE Advisor service £1700.00
Staff Professional Development £1500.00
Reserve for future projects £6,700.00
Total amount spent in addition to normal expenditure approx. £16,000.00

2017 – 2018 Grant – approx. £16,000.00

Extended Flexi-swimming in addition to budgeted £4,000.00
Outdoor Adventure week – the whole school £2400.00
Chris Hill Community Sports After school Club & Friday afternoons £2160.00
Bespoke PE Advisor service £1700.00
Staff Professional Development £3,120.00
Technology related purchases £2,475.00
Total amount spent in addition to normal expenditure approx. £15,855.00

Expectations and long term impact of PE Grant use

Quality of lessons has improved in PE and pupils are all making better progress due to the new resources / equipment we have.

60% increase in the number of activities pupils are taking part in during free time (lunch / breaks) due to the equipment that is available for them to use.

Staff increased subject knowledge and activity ideas for use in lessons.

Subject leads now feel more confident in own delivery and to also support other teachers within the school. The subject leaders are also actively leading action planning improvements and monitoring the impact in school.


The equipment we purchase is required to be long lasting, with life spans between 4 to 10 years and in some cases more.

Equality Duty

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