PE and Sport Premium
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.
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.
St Francis has used the sports funding, resulting in marked increase in the quality of sport and PE offered to our children, since the funding was introduced in 2013. 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:
- A Sports Coach was employed to support physical activities twice a week during lunchtime.
- The Daily Mile was introduced in February 2017, when we took part in a pilot scheme.
- 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 the sports funding:
- 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’.
- Successful sports afternoon, which involved staff, children, governors and parents.
- We have seen an increased number of pupils cycling to school and are continuing with the ‘Golden Lock’ and ‘Bikeability’ initiatives.
- Outdoor Gym (2017) has motivated the children to be more physical at playtimes.
- 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. Lessons are now geared towards those children learning to swim 25 metres and having basic life saving skills.
- 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.
We now look forward to the next phase of improving physical education and healthy active lifestyles.