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Forest Town

Primary School

Belong, Aim High, Succeed

Catch up, Sport and Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England. The purpose of the funding is to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


Pupil Premium funding is allocated to children from families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). It is also allocated to children who are looked after (LAC), children who have previously been looked after or children who have left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. A premium is also provided for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces. Pupil Premium funding has been extended to include funding for children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) or for children whose parents were serving in the armed forces  at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6).


Could you qualify for Free School Meals?


Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact School Meals Team 01623 433 009 or follow the link to Nottinghamshire County Council's website - 


You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you qualify and you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £350 a year) plus school will get up to £1300 extra.  However, if you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue with a packed lunch as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets up to £1300 extra.


No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


This academic year it is intended that funding is used to part fund the following provision:


  • Rigorous catch up interventions to support those who are not making expected progress in reading, writing or maths
  • Enrichment - Curriculum enrichment activities (visits/visitors)
  • Nurture provision
  • Provision to support social and emotional well-being
  • Small Group - Targeted support for groups within school from EYFS to Year 6, for those children not making age related expectations.
  • Breakfast club and daily fresh fruit
  • Boosters - Year 6 Boosters for English and Maths for identified children.

Catch-Up Funding


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.  Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months.  Similar to the pupil premium, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total even though funding is calculated on a per pupil or per place basis. Funding will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year and will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.


The school's plan for use of the Catch-up funding is detailed below:

Sport Premium


Participation in sports and the development of a healthy lifestyle is very important in our school.  We believe that positive involvement in Physical Education and sporting activities help to promote key skills and values in our children that they will use in many other areas of their lives.


The  DfE allocates PE and Sport Premium money to each school and this funding, along with carefully planned funding from the core staffing budget and the dedication and commitment of the school, are leading to opportunities to access a wide range of sports, including those which are new and unusual, developing skills and increased participation in physical activity.


We are committed to using the funding to enhance provision and ensure that our approach is sustainable, resulting in ongoing improvements in the health and fitness of children across school.


Through this commitment to sporting achievement our school has been awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games ‘Gold’ Award for  years: 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18 and last year 2018-19. We are incredibly proud of our staff and pupils for this achievement and are working to build on this year on year.