The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. 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.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at William Harding
All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will receive £500 per pupil.
For the year 2013-2014 we received £9,965
For the year 2014-2015 we received £10,645
For the year 2015-2016 we received £10,663
Funding for year 2016-2017 is still to be confirmed
How will we be spending the Sports Premium funding
We believe in an holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all and encourage collaboration and partnership working to make the best use of resources and enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils.
We are currently undertaking a PE and School Sport audit and developing our Sports Premium plan to raise standards and participation levels in PE throughout the school. Once the audit is complete we will finalise our plans. Our rationale for the use of Sports Premium funding is that it must be used so that:
• all children benefit regardless of sporting ability
• the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments with other schools
• staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development
• some activities may be subsidised so that pupils do not miss out due to financial constraints eg swimming
• we make use of collaborative and partnership working
With the above rationale in mind, and following the guidelines for how to spend this money, our initial plans for the use of the Sports Premium funding include:
- Investment in the professional development of staff at our school so they are best equipped to teach high quality Physical Education and school sport for years to come. This will include providing cover to release staff for professional development in PE and sport.
- Membership of local sports networks and organisations
- Membership of national sports networks and organisations
- Setting up and running new after school sports clubs/Change4Life sport club.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional sports clubs during the school day.
- Increasing the amount of competitive sport in which our children participate – running sport competitions, and increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games and inter school competitions
- Continuing to take part in local sports competition
- Subsidising offsite swimming teaching in order to ensure more able swimmers participate in swimming activities in an environment which will stretch and challenge their swimming ability
- Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside staff for short PE modules
- Making links to other community sports providers – encouraging pupils to join out of school sports clubs
- Encouraging our children to improve their leadership skills through sport – through sports leader initiative
- Developing intra-school competitions.
- Inviting athletes, dance troops and gymnasts into the school to inspire our children
- Developing the outdoor and adventurous activities element of the PE curriculum, utilising the school’s own grounds and facilities
- Purchasing equipment to offer access to new sports and physical activities as relevant
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 so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Measuring the impact of the activities provided with sports premium funding can be achieved in different ways. We will look at progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and out of school. Assessments are made both formally and informally using our school assessment systems as well as feedback from staff and visitors to the school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE. It is anticipated that at the end of the academic year we will have some hard data to show the impact of this sports premium funding on pupil progress and involvement in sport.