In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. This funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
Funding will be allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1 September 2013. A typical primary school will receive about £9,250 annually in the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Throughout 2014-2015, St Francis used the sports funding, resulting in marked increase in the quality of sport and PE offered to our children. Many of our initiatives have now become sustained and integral parts of our everyday life.
Here are some examples of the IMPACT of the Sports Premium funding for 2014/15:
- A Sports Coach was employed to support physical activities twice a week during lunchtime.
- An improvement was seen in the quality of PE lessons within the school due to staff CPD.
- New sports equipment was purchased to enable extra opportunities to take part in a wide variety of sports. This included cricket, badminton, hockey, football and netball equipment.
- New playground markings to support the teaching of PE.
- A wider variety of extra-curricular sports were provided by class teachers after school, including, boys, girls and mixed football club, netball club, running club, multi-sports club and dance club. Every Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm. All sports clubs are free of charge, apart from Dance, which is heavily subsidised by school.
- Children were given more opportunities to take part in competitive sport. This included netball and football tournaments and matches with local schools.
Here are some of the success stories from 2014/15:
- A significant rise was seen in the number of pupils taking part in extra-curricular sport and physical activities, due to the increased focus on sport by school staff.
- We have provided different members of the school community (staff, parents and children) the opportunity to participate in charitable sporting events including, the Acorns ‘Triple Run’ and St Mary’s Hospice ‘Chocolate Run’.
- Wake Up, Shake Up’ club is run every morning before school. This is led by Year 6 pupils to parents, staff and children.
- We held a successful sports afternoon, which involved all staff, children and parents…despite the rain! Congratulations to the winning house, ‘Ospreys’ who beat last year’s champions ‘Eagles’.
- We have seen an increased number of pupils cycling to school and are continuing with the ‘Golden Lock’ and ‘Bikeability’ initiatives.
- Parents took part in a consultation about how swimming should be taught, as part of a review by the Curriculum Committee in 2014. Parents views were taken into consideration and as a result a different approach was introduced (Sept 2014). Lessons are now geared towards those children learning to swim 25 metres.
- A higher profile and importance has been placed on PE within the school and has been introduced into other lessons where possible. Year 2’s Inspire workshop focussed on health and fitness. Other cross curricular links included ‘Indian dancing’ during ‘Inter Faith’ week.
- Spending for 2015-16:Sports Funding 15/16
- Spending for 2016-17: Sports Funding
We now look forward to the next phase of improving physical education and healthy active lifestyles.