Pupil Premium and PE Grant

Covid Catch Up Funding
Abbey Court School anticipates the receipt of £37,440 in Covid-19 Catch Up Premium allocations. This is to be paid in 3 tranches between Autumn 2020 (£9,360), and Summer 2021 (28,080). This funding will be used to provide Speech and Language Therapy at a cost of £30,192 for the year, with the remainder (£7,248) being spent on Educational Psychology.
COVID-19 Catch-up Premium plan 
The government announced funding to support children and young people to ‘catch up’ after the period of nationwide school closures. As part of this, the Department for Education (DfE) set aside funds to support pupils who are identified as having fallen significantly behind as a result of the pandemic. Schools have been asked to use the sum available to them to prioritise support for pupils according to need, and the funds allocated to Abbey Court School are above. Schools have the flexibility to spend this funding in the best interests of their cohort and circumstances. 
At Abbey Court school ongoing teacher assessment of all pupils in all subjects takes place to monitor their progress. This is also helpful to ascertain the impact of the COVID lockdown on their progress. The data is used alongside discussions with teachers in pupil progress meetings to identify which pupils are in most need of additional support and the type of support that is needed. We aim to continue to raise the attainment of all pupils and this includes any gaps in learning created by COVID-19 disruptions. 
The disruption caused to education by the CoronaVirus pandemic: 
  • The COVID-19 school risk assessment during 2020/21 restricted staff and pupils working outside of class bubbles but did not limit individual access to usual phonic interventions. 
  • The COVID-19 school risk assessment did restrict staff and pupils from working with a range of additional resources in terms of limited access to shared equipment that needed cleaning between use by different class bubbles.
  • In some instances a lack of engagement by some parents with remote learning 
  • COVID-19 remains an unpredictable safety risk which can impact on attendance for a minority of pupils with complex medical needs. 
  • COVID-19 remains an unpredictable safety risk that has had an impact on staff attendance resulting in higher than average absence due to COVID and in particularly due to the need to self-isolate.
  • Pupil progress meetings with class teachers has identified that for some pupils support with their communication needs is the biggest priority and for a few pupils the support with the behaviour, mental health and well-being.
Our response:
  • To build on and consolidate the individual communication skills of pupils where needed by employing additional Speech and Language therapy support. It was identified that additional Speech and Language Therapy support would have a positive impact, and was relevant to promoting the progress of all pupils at Abbey Court. In addition to this, progress in communication, enables pupils to make progress across all areas of the curriculum. 
  • Ed Psychology support: It was additionally felt that some individual pupils would benefit from additional support from an Educational Psychologist, to support their mental health and wellbeing and behaviour needs. These pupils were identified during pupil progress meetings and in consultation with parents. The outcomes of this support have been shared with families and class teachers to ensure strategies enable ongoing progress, beyond the individual sessions.
Pupil Premium Allocation



PE and School Sport Grant
Sports Premium
Pupils have:
  • Opportunities to participate in the Kent School Games with other special schools. 
  • Opportunities to participate in an increasingly wider range of school sports including the Daily mile, Boccia, Tennis, Basketball, Athletics, Cycling, Yoga, Swimming and Cycling
  • Opportunities to use differentiated equipment to enable participation in a variety of sporting experiences at their own level of development during lessons and Lunchtime clubs.
  • Opportunities for pupils to become physically confident and develop resilience in a way which supports their health, fitness and mental well-being. Physical activity breaks form part of daily lessons to aid physical movement and transitions.
  • Opportunities to embed successful physically active learning approaches using online learning platforms such as IMOVES and 5-a-day fitness and a range of fitness and dance videos.
  • Opportunities to have fun and experience success in sport.
  • Opportunities to engage in exciting and accessible Home-learning activities with their families.
We work with Greenacre Sports Partnership and Youth Sport Trust memberships ensure that pupils are introduced to and participate in a range of events to enable pupils to achieve their full potential.
Class teachers and support staff attend regular PE training in Hydrotherapy, Halliwick, Sherborne Movement, Bikeability, Rebound Therapy, Lifeguarding, MOVE.
The school is continually seeking to strengthen the provision of Physical Education, through high quality PE lessons taught by trained teachers with specialist equipment.
'All weather' equipment allows pupils to interact with one another and on their own to develop their physical literacy in a natural environment.
Pupils are taught swimming from year R to year 6. Each pupil swims weekly with their class group. The pupils are assessed against swimming progression skills including:
  • Halliwick Proficiency Tests: Red, yellow and green badges (these are designed for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties).
  • Ducklings Awards: Ducklings 1-5: Designed for pool and water confidence.
  • Water Skills Awards: These provide greater challenge for those pupils who are showing confidence in skills and strokes previously achieved.
  • Additional accreditation is available to challenge the most able pupils further (Distance awards and life-saving for example)