Primary School’s Sports Funding
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. This funding has been extended and will continue for the financial year 2016/2017.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
• hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
• new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
• paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
• providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
• running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
• buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
• providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
How will we be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?
The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
Below we show how we intend to spend the sports funding during 2016/2017:
The school has linked with the services of Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnership, who already deliver some of our after school clubs, to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff . This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Not only will the children benefit from being taught by a member of the Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnership, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons. We are able to do this as the school has purchased the Premium Package through the Wyre Fylde and Sports Premium Offer and ensures we are utilising the lump sum offered by the Government in an effective way. The sports package has been designed to complement and enhance our already outstanding PE Provision.
Our school already offers a range of after school clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages one and two. These clubs will continue to run as before, however by investing in teacher training there will be even more after school activities provided as the school year progresses.
As well as working in partnership with Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnership, Mr Hesketh will be working harder than ever in promoting the participation in team games, in particular the school will be hosting the football rallies for the Wyre and Fylde area which will return as two separate tournaments (A and B) at the end of the Spring Term. The sports teams are not only practicing after school but Mr Hesketh has introduced lunch time training sessions so that all children can participate in team events this initiative will benefit all children in school.
Mrs Murray, who is our Nursery Manager, is introducing sports to our youngest children in the Beanies Class.
Every child in school is invited to attend Wake and Shake every school morning between 8.20am and 8.50am.
Mr Hesketh is undergoing CPD and is released from teaching 1/2 day a week to work with schools across Wyre and Fylde to collaborate with colleagues and share excellent practice.
Full details of the Grant can be accessed through the following link on the Department for Education Website. https://www.education.gov.uk/schools/adminandfinance/financialmanagement/primary.
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