In March 2013, the Government announced a new package of funding for P.E. and school sport. Through the ‘Sport Premium’, they are continuing the provision.
The allocation for our school is £19,090 for this academic year, (2020/2021).
The money will be spent in such a way as to encourage children who are reluctant when it comes to PE as well as enriching the learning opportunities and developing the skills of those children who enjoy and excel in P.E.
The provision of the Sports Premium funding is there to give schools the financial support to put schemes in place which will have a lasting and sustainable impact on the PE provision in school and the health and fitness of all the children beyond the time when the funding is no longer available.
With this in mind, all of the funding which we receive goes towards providing the children with opportunities to develop a love and a passion for health, sport and fitness which will change their mind-set to want to take part in activities both within and without the school environment. All of the sports premium funding we receive goes towards providing additional opportunities for the children that would otherwise not be available through traditional funding streams.
We use this funding to improve the skills of teachers in the teaching of PE, particularly through working with specialist coaches from the Kickstart organisation, with whom we are in partnership, to upskill our teachers in the provision of all aspects of P.E., thus giving sustainability for the future. See the link for more information about Kickstart from their website by clicking this link: https://wearekickstart.com/contact-kickstart/. We are really excited about this new partnership and it is going to provide the school with lots of help, support and consistency of excellent PE provision for the children moving forwards.
We are also using the money to top up resources in school to enable teachers to provide an outstanding skills – based approach to P.E. teaching.
We have used approximately 5% of the money to go into partnership with the Tameside School Sports Partnership. This will provide us with specific teacher training across all areas of P.E., membership to the Youth Sports Trust, Leadership training for pupils, Change4Life Health initiatives, online fitness tools, Literacy and Numeracy sport and P.E. projects, access to further funding support, Delivery of inter school competitions and a range of other services.
Further spending is used to provide lunchtime activities for all children in KS1 and 2, again provided by the Kickstart programme, and for the provision of equipment to provide all children, both those with an interest in PE and those who are more reluctant to join in, with the opportunity to be active and to take part in a variety of sports activities.
We also spend a large chunk of the funding on the running of our- in my opinion, unrivalled- Sports and Health Week, where we provide the children with a huge amount of sports and health related experiences and opportunities, along with providing pathways into the continuation of these sports and experiences outside of school through our links with coaches and clubs. Unfortunately, this was cancelled last year, due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We used the extra money available to us this year to provide a wellbeing mentoring support worker who is linked to the Kickstart initiative, who will provide mental health and well-being sessions for identified children throughout this year, to support children with the re-integration into school after the lockdown. We have also used some of the left over funding to provide sports-specific equipment to be able to provide the children with additional opportunities to try new sports in school during this time when we are unable to compete in different sports against other schools. We are very much hoping that we will be able to run our Sports Week this year, in the week beginning June 14th 2021 and we are already planning for this.
Further funding is made available to provide all the children in school who require additional support to achieve their National Curriculum swimming awards. We currently provide all children with blocks of swimming lessons during Year 4. For any children who are not water confident and cannot swim competently, using a range of strokes and perform self rescue in different water based activities, we provide additional catch up sessions, paid for from the sports premium funding during year 5 or 6. As a result of the lockdown caused by the pandemic, many of our Year 4 children were unable to gain the required awards during the last academic year, so additional catch up sessions will be needed for more children over the next two years.
For the Year 6 cohort who left the school in July 2020, 88% of the cohort met the National Curriculum requirement to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- Use a range of strokes effectively.
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were not able to offer the remaining children any catch up swimming sessions which we would normally do at the end of their time in Year 6.
For a more detailed breakdown of the spending, please see the attached impact statements at the bottom of this document.
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We have also invested time and money into looking at initiatives which can have a wider implication to the health and well-being of our children in a variety of ways.
- We have appointed two Health Ambassadors who work alongside the Sports Ambassadors to look at how we can further develop health initiatives in school on an on-going basis.
- We have incorporated health focussed sessions into our National School Sports Week. The children all take part in a healthy eating and cooking session with the school cook where they make smoothies and healthy pasta dishes.
- We also ran a Junior Whistlers session in year 5 for a six week period whereby the children were taught how to officiate games and respect officials.
- The Year 4, 5 and 6 children also took part in defibrillator training and basic CPR techniques as we have now purchased a defibrillator for school.
Healthy Eating / Healthy Lunchbox Assembly
Mr. Griffin and the Sports and Health Ambassadors have led a healthy eating and healthy lunchbox assembly to try to show everybody what the best choices are for healthy and balanced lunches.
We are also going to implement a new rewards scheme designed to encourage healthy eating. This will be run alongside a rewards scheme called ‘Smile for a Mile’ to encourage the children in each class to be more active by running or walking a mile each day / week.
Impact of PE Premium Spending
The money that we have spent in school since the funding began has had a huge impact already on the provision of school sport for our children. I have included below detailed breakdowns of the impact of the spending as well as an evidence sheet to show how there was an increased impact from the first year of the funding to the second year.