PE & Sports Funding
In 2012, as part of the Olympic legacy, the government pledged to provide additional funding of £150 million per year for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding has now been extended until 2020. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the 2013 school census) will receive the funding. Schools with 17 or more pupils on role will receive £8000 +£5 per pupil, per year. We received £8,285 for the academic year 2015/16.
We understand the importance of physical activity and sport to the overall well-being of every child and are committed to raising participation rates and achievement for all our children. To help with these aims, we have ensured that our sports premium will
• benefit all children regardless of sporting ability.
• ensure the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments with other schools.
• ensure staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
With the above rationale in mind, we have used our 2015/16 sports premium funding to:
- Employ a qualified sport coach to work alongside our staff to support teachers in their teaching of PE. This investment in the professional development of staff at our school is to ensure that they are best equipped to teach high quality Physical Education and school sport for years to come (£2720 p/a).
- Maintain our outdoor 'trim trail' and sand (£438)
- Purchase additional sports kits, with our logo embroidered, to promote a genuine sense of pride in representing our school in inter-school events (£212).
- Fund transport for attending inter-school sporting activities (£1980).
- Provide additional, sports-specific coaching in tennis (£630).
- Fund (jointly with other schools in our area) a School Sports Co-Ordinator to organise inter-school and Level 2 School Games events (£400 p/a).
- Fund additional gymnastics coaching (approx £100)
We will evaluate the impact of the sports premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping 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 (including extra-curricular activity) so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
We will track our success in inter-school competition, with the aim of improving our competitiveness and achievement. Already during academic year 2015-16 we have achieved the Sainsbury's School Games Silver Kitemark and performed brilliantly in a host of sporting events, including the area RWC Tag Festival, winning 3 and drawing 3 of our 10 matches; finishing 4th in North Cotswolds' Schools Tag Rugby and Football tournaments; being represented in the North Cotswolds' Cross Country team at county level and finishing 5th in the county Keysteps Gymnastics finals (School Games Level 3). We are proud to be one of the schools with the highest attendance rates at Level 2 School Games in our area.