What is Sports Premium Funding?
The government is providing additional funding for academic years 2015 to 2016 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school head teachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they prioritise this.
From September 2013, schools will be asked to show how they have spent their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the 'Inspectors' handbook'.
From September 2014, Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year's expenditure of additional funding and its impact.
Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.
Amount of funding
St Mary's CE First School has been allocated £4900 from September 2015 to march 2016.
How has the funding been allocated so far?
Following a review of sports provision at school it was decided to improve lunchtime sports provision by employing a Play Leader. A weekly rota ensures all pupils have access to this facility. Over the course of the year a range of sports will be offered in order to develop pupils' skills and enjoyment.
The funding has also been effectively used to support staff CPD, they teach and plan alongside a team of experienced coaching staff the school has bought in to deliver high quality PE lessons. The development of staff at St Marys will allow a continued provision of high quality PE lessons if the funding should ever be removed from schools.
The remainder of the grant will be allocated to funding a number of multi-skills days covering a range of sports activities.
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The impact of Sports Premium funding;
It is easy to see that we are offering more and a wider range of sports activities due to employment of additional staff. St Marys has achieved the Bronze award from Sainsbury’s games mark and will be aiming to achieve the Silver award next year.
Each initiative will be reviewed and the impact assessed. This will guide us on whether we continue with each of the initiatives or we look to other ideas to improve the provision of PE and sport.
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As well as half-hour, weekly swimming lessons (for Year 4), each class is timetabled for two lessons of Physical Education each week. The nature of P.E. includes team games, gymnastics, athletics and dance. Emphasis is placed upon the teaching of ball skills at an early age i.e. throwing and catching, batting, kicking and uses of a hockey stick.
There are good facilities for sports at St Mary's. There is a well-equipped school hall and very extensive playing fields, as well as two large, outdoor hard core playgrounds.
In the summer months, P.E. lessons may be taken out of doors. Traditional team sports – five-a-side, netball, cricket are played with the older children.
After school activities are specifically tailored to the sporting seasons. Football takes place in the autumn and spring terms, cricket and tennis in the summer term.
The school welcome community use, and we are pleased to note that amongst our regular users are the local Badminton Club, Men's Keep-Fit Club.
In the academic year 2016 the amount allocated will be spent on the following.
Continued lunchtime provision available to all year groups, leading to increased participation in sport during lunchtimes.
Sports coach continues CPD with staff to develop good practice.
A reduction in lunchtime behaviour incidents as structured activities engage a wide range of pupils from all year groups.
Investment in new play equipment.
Continued provision of a play leader to develop games and activities for all year groups throughout the year.
This will be reviewed at the Governors Standards Committee Meeting April 2017