PE and Sport premium Funding

 

PE and Sport Premium Funding

Playing sport helps to keep people healthy and is good for communities. Playing sport at school or in a local club is also the first step to competition at the highest level, which helps improve our reputation as a sporting nation, and contributes to economic growth.

But when people leave school they often stop playing sports, which means people can’t fulfil their sporting potential, and can lead to a less healthy lifestyle. We want to get more people playing sport safely from a young age, and help them keep playing sport throughout their life, no matter what their economic or social background.

Primary School’s Sports Funding

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum  This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money directly allocated to primary school Head Teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Accountability

OFSTED will play a significant role in ensuring that schools target this funding in areas which will lead to clear outcomes in raising standards and opportunities in PE and school sport for all children throughout the Primary Phase.  All schools will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil.

Purpose of Funding

Schools will have to spend the funding on improving their provision of PE and school sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding could include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE lessons
  • new or additional sports based clubs (to support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs, e.g. the Change4Life clubs)
  • paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
  • run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the sports tournaments (such as the School Games)
  • run sports activities with other schools
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport

How will St Joseph’s Catholic and Church of England Primary School be using the PE and Sport funding and who will benefit?

We are currently undertaking a PE and School Sport audit and developing our Sports Premium plan to raise standards and participation levels in PE throughout the school. Once the audit is complete we will finalise our plans. Our aim is to ensure;

• all children benefit regardless of sporting ability • the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments with other schools • staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development • some activities may be subsidised so that pupils do not miss out due to financial constraints e.g. swimming • we make use of collaborative and partnership working

1. Developing the health and wellbeing of pupils

We will continue to offer a range of sporting activities in school during the school day and after-school. Some of our sport premium allowance will be used to fund a qualified sports coach (Mr Andrews) to run our after-school Sports Club on a Wednesday after school between 3.30pm – 4.15pm. We feel it is important our children are provided with these sporting activities to improve their fitness and wellbeing plus inspire them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

  1.  Professional development of staff

One of the key strands of the sports funding is to develop the skills of our school staff so that the quality of PE and sport that is delivered will be enhanced. Qualified sports coaches will work alongside staff to deliver lessons and support planning and delivery of PE. Not only will the children benefit from being taught by a qualified sports teacher, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons. Working in this way, teacher confidence and expertise will develop, and the school will benefit from high quality planning resource materials. Mr Andrews will work alongside our newly qualified teachers to develop their confidence in sport fundamentals and the curriculum.

  1.   Providing opportunities for children to compete

The school is already planning to take part in a number of local cluster competitions and tournaments.  We feel it is important that all children have the chance to represent their school and take part in competitive sport against other schools. 

Impact: We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping arrangements. We will look at how well we use our Sport Premium to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of. 

As part of Pupil Premium funding we welcome Mr Andrews into school every Wednesday to work with the children. 

He has been working on fundamentals with the children, including agility, balance and coordination.