Primary School’s Sports Funding
The Government has provided funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 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 schools for schools 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. 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 for the next two academic years.
For the academic year 2013/14 Shorne C of E received £8890 for PE and the Sports grant. This was made up of the £8000 lump sum plus £5 each for the Pupils in Year 1 to Year 6, (year R is excluded from the funding.) It is expected that the funding for 2014/2015 will be the same. This is received in two lump sums 5/12, was received in September and the remaining 7/12 is to follow.
Purpose of Funding
Schools 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.
How did Shorne C of E use the funding for the 2013/14 academic year?
1 CPD for staff and professional development of the staff.
Staff received training to help raise the standards of teaching and learning of P.E lessons. This was delivered by the Partnership ( TAKE PRIDE) and staff meetings took place throughout the year to allow opportunities for any further development needed.
Lunch time supervisors received training to help assist the young leaders with their deliveries of games at lunchtime and break times.
The Partnership also provided opportunities for CPD for NQT’s to aid with the delivery of P.E in lessons.
Year 4 took part in a commonwealth project.
Year 1 and 2 had the partnership deliver P.E through some creative themes.
2. Clubs, coaches, specialist and wider opportunities
Throughout the year the children had a variety of sports coaches visit, teaching judo, kick boxing, rugby, street dance, Boccia, multi skills and football. Some of these ran for weeks as clubs and some were as a one off taster session to enable children the opportunity to experience new and exciting sports.
We had inspirational visits from Chris Cook, an Olympic swimmer, Natasha Brennan a Gold medal winner for Rugby and Shelley Russell who is a double Olympian at hockey. The visits included talks to the children to INSPIRE them to fulfil their aims and ambitions alongside some practical sessions.
3. Providing opportunities for children to compete
The school was already taking part in a number of local Borough competitions. We felt it was important that all children have the chance to represent their school and take part in competitive sport against other schools. During the year we continued our existing competitions such as the Borough netball and football. In addition we also arranged further tournaments and fixtures with the other primary schools within our cluster organised through the PRIDE partnership. The funding helped provide cover for staff to be able to take teams to these events.
4. Providing quality assured materials for PE and school sport
The extra funding has enabled the school to provide more equipment to be used in PE lessons to encourage full and active participation. £ 1086.21 was spent on resources. The resources bought aided curriculum learning which included variety of balls, bibs, storage equipment alongside lunch and play equipment.
Year six took part in a six week block in the summer term. This was held at St Josephs School and the funding paid for the hire of the pool, lifeguard and swimming coaches. This enabled the children to be assessed as to whether they could swim 25 metres and 86% left with this requirement.
6. Shorne School Sports Partnership (Take Pride)
Shorne paid into the Partnership and this provided CPD and many opportunities for the children to take part in competitions.
How does Shorne C of E plan to use the funding for the 2014/15 academic year?
The school will continue to:
1. Focus on the professional development of the 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. Coaches can be employed to work alongside staff to deliver lessons and support planning and the delivery of PE. Working in this way can lead to teacher confidence and expertise and the school can benefit. Any areas identified will be addressed through CPD.
2. To raise the status of P.E
Shorne C of E are intending to purchase new kits for staff and teams. This is to raise the status of sport with children and parents and for additional safety when at sporting competitions.
4. New scheme of work and resources
We have purchased a new scheme of work to ensure coverage of curriculum and progression. Alongside this we are paying into the PE primary website for teachers to use.
5. Coaches and specialists
We will continue to employ coaches and specialists where relevant. We have had two visitors this year so far. Tim Prendergast came to visit the school. He is a Para – Olympian and told his inspirational story. Natasha Brennan has also visited this academic year. She is an international hockey and rugby player and was part of the squad who recently won the rugby world cup. She told her story of achievement and coached the children at rugby.
6. Providing opportunities for children to compete
The school has continued to take part in a variety of competitions including dodge ball, athletics, basketball, gymnastics and Tri golf. We came runners up in the basketball tournament and we were third in the dodgeball tournament. We took part in the hockey festival and won. We will represent Gravesham at the Kent school games in June. We entered two teams in the tag rugby and we came runners up. We will also represent Gravesham at the Kent school games at tag rugby. We entered two teams into the high five netball tournament. Team A came third and team B came fifth.
7. Take Pride Partnership
As a school we are still part of the Partnership and TAKE PRIDE. This has enabled the school to have continued support and opportunities for CPD, competitions across a variety of sports and coaching opportunities from specialists.
P.E Co- Ordinator