As you may be aware from 2013/14 and 2014/15 the government have provided additional funding of £150 million per annum for schools to fund young people through sport – this was initially for two years but has now been extended to five years! The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
The funding St Anne’s Primary School received was calculated by the number of primary aged children between the ages of 5 an 11 years. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils received a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium per pupil.
Schools must spend this additional funding on IMPROVING their provision of PE and sport, but each school has the freedom to choose how to do this. From September 2013 Ofsted inspectors will assess and report on how effective this new funding is being used to improve PE and sport provision. Inspectors may review our school website, looking for evidence of our sporting provision as well as when they visit our school. Schools must be able to account for their spending and to show how it has improved sporting provision.
Competition is also an important feature – it’s about personal competition as well as team competitions. Competitive opportunities are given to all children throughout school, particularly in KS2 where we work closely with Cardinal Hume to ensure children explore the benefit and positive elements of competing with other schools in our cluster.
The money has come from 3 areas
- Department of Education
- Health & Culture
- Media and Sport
As a result there is a greater emphasis on Physical education not Sport education. Agencies want children to become more active and more aware of their health through PE lessons.
It’s ‘Physical Literacy’ – children need to become confident and competent at the basics.
How will we use the funding?
Through the Gateshead School Sports Partnership we have upgraded our agreement level to ‘Platinum’ cover, which allows us access to more resources, sports and competitions than ever before. Through this we will introduce a wider breadth of sports into school and will be able to track our pupil involvement in sport both in and out of school.
Continued provision of external coaches to work alongside our teachers when teaching PE to provide expert tuition for our children and to enhance CPD of staff.
Purchase new equipment/resources/kit as identified through PE audit.
Throughout the year all staff will receive CPD in a range of different areas.
Develop robust assessment in PE to track pupil progress.
The PE co-ordinator (Mrs Henry) will attend all PE subject leader training to ensure any new initiatives are implemented in school and to enhance her own CPD as leader of PE.
At St Anne’s we are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle to our children and encouraging physical activity. The funding will help us raise the profile of PE and healthy lifestyles and help us to broaden the range of sports and activities on offer.
Current academic year – Sports Premium Action Plan- Live document
Previous academic years – Sports Premium Action Plans and Impact Statements