Primary Schools' Sports Funding
School Sport Premium - Background Information
Following the magnificent success of the London Olympic Games in 2012 the government was keen to develop a lasting legacy for the children of Britain rooted in the Olympic ideals and values. To this end the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport worked togethter to provide £150 million during the academic year 2013-2014 to develop school sport and physical activity in all primary schools. This funding has continued to be provided with a committment that it will continue to 2020!
Every primary school has been allocated an amount of money each year so that they could develop school sport and physical activity. This has meant an extra £8800 each year for our school to develop it's sporting provision for your children.
How can this money be spent?
Schools have to spend this money on improving their provision of PE and Sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses of the funding include:
- hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers and school staff when teaching PE
- new or additional sports clubs
- paying for additional training for teachers and school staff
- providing cover to release teachers and staff to attend training opportunities
- buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and school sport
- providing new PE equipment
- providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
- running sports competitions, or increasing participation in school games
How will we spend the School Sports Funding and who will benefit?
We feel that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; participation increases across the school; staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
What have we done so far?
Hiring Qualified Sports Coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE
Starting in 2013/14 we linked with the Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnersip. This provided many benefits which included sports coaches working alongside staff during PE lessons. They delivered lessons which teachers observed to learn good practice in particular sports such as gymnastics and dance; they supported teachers to plan their own activities and then supported the delivery of those lessons with teachers. This linked the high quality coaching methods of the coaches with the effective pupil management by the teachers and led to higher quality PE lessons for the children.
Developing teachers through continued professional development
Once again, investing in links with the Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnership provided opportunities for teachers to attend PE courses to develop their own expertise in delivering PE, sporting and physical activities. The Sports Premium Funding also provided money to release the teachers from their classes (we have been able to 'buy in' supply teachers) during the school day to attend the training instead of rushing off during the evening after a tiring day in the classroom to access the courses.
Increasing the breadth of opportunities for pupils to participate in PE, sport and physical activity
The package which we bought into with the Wyre and Fylde School Sports Partnership provided more after school clubs than we had ever been able to offer previously. Not only did the number of after school clubs increase but also the diversity of the activities on offer. For example, in addition to more traditional sports like football, netball, cricket and rounders, we began to offer things like dodge ball, hockey, tennis, multi-skills, frisbee golf and Tri-Golf. We were also able to offer some of these activities to younger children and involve KS1 pupils in after school physical activity clubs. Another after school club on offer was called 'Change4Life'. This was specifically targetted towards children who were reluctant to get involved in after school physical activities. It provided opportunities for them to get involved at their own level without the pressure of competition and encouraged the children to monitor how much excercise they took part in during each week and this was recorded in a log book during the sessions.
Increasing Participation in school sport
The increase in breadth of activities and number of after school clubs offered led to a natural increase in participation. The wider range of activities on offer meant that more children were interested in trying those activities out. The School Sport Premium allowed the local school sports cluster, which had always in the past been run on a voluntary basis by enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, to develop a more professional profile. Encouraged by the introduction of more funding one of the local high schools became the hub of inter school competition for primary schools. Therefore, in addition to the traditional football, rounders, athletics and netball fixtures which schools had organised as after school activities, there became a greater diversity of inter school activities and events such as, inter-school dodgeball, frisbee golf, handball, tag rugby and tennis. Winners in some of these events progressed to Level 3 competition and represented our district in county finals. Furthermore, some of the inter-school competition was also provided for Y3 and Y4 pupils which had been neglected in the past.