The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, and 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding'. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers 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.
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
At our school, we believe that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that pupil participation in sport is high, that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments and that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
Below shows how the school intends to spend the sports funding during 2016-2017
The school has continued to hire the services of Premier Sport. This will benefit all children and teaching staff from the Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Each term the coaches will work with a different year group, attending every Wednesday afternoon throughout the academic year 2016-2017. Not only will the children benefit from being taught by a specialist coach, but our own staff, both teaching and lunchtime, will be developed through working alongside specialist to deliver high quality and engaging sessions. Some sessions will also be dedicated to gifted and talented children; enhancing health and well-being amongst children, especially those who are overweight or obese and offering inter school competitions on a termly basis.
As well using the Premier Sport coaching staff to deliver high quality PE lessons alongside the class teacher, they will also deliver a two weekly lunchtime sports club. This initiative aims to increase participation whilst continuing to promote positive playground behaviour, through channeling the children's' energy into sporting activities. Two after school clubs will be run by Premier Sport to encourage extra curricular participation in both key stages. The lunchtime clubs may involve learning a new sport, or improving in a familiar sport, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment!
On a Thursday afternoon Premier Sports will run a Premier Transition session. Each class will have one afternoon per half term to learn about healthy meals and the importance of exercise. These are split into the areas, Funtrition, Playtrition, and Fitrition. As part of Fitrition we will run a 'bootcamp' exercise class for parents on a weekly basis. This will hopefully engage parents in taking part in a healthy lifestyle also. In addition to our Fitrition we will run 'The Golden Mile' which will encourage children to take part in daily running. This will be set up during the Summer term.
We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation 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.
Measuring the impact of the activities provided with sports premium funding can be achieved in different ways. We will look at progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and out of school. Assessments are made both formally and informally using Premier Sports' assessment systems as well as feedback from staff and visitors to the school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE.
At the end of the year we will be reporting on the impact that the funding has had at our school and will be setting out our plans to further develop this in 2017.
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