Impact of Sport Premium Funding
What is the Sport Premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013-16 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.
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.
The uses for funding can include:
- The growth in the range of traditional and alternative sporting activities. Broadening the range of activities offered to children, including non-traditional sports. (Such as Boccia, Goal ball, Handball and New Age Kurling). We already have quite a strong emphasis on these sports in our school due to our pupils’ special needs.
- The increase in participation rates in such activities as games, dance, gymnastic swimming and athletics.
- The increase and success in competitive school sports.
- Making physical education curriculum more inclusive.
- The improvement in partnership work on physical education with other schools and other local partners.
- Links with other subjects that contribute to pupils’ overall achievement and their greater social, spiritual, moral and cultural skills.
- To further increase awareness of healthy lifestyles amongst children. The greater awareness amongst pupils about the dangers of obesity, smoking and other such activities.
- Employing specialist coaches to provide the sports in curriculum time and run lunchtime school clubs with school staff to observe and pass on expertise.
- Increasing participation in competitive sports competitions such as those run by the Colchester Blackwater School Sport Partnership as well as the competitions in the interschool Panathlons. To help achieve this, the Sport Premium will fund membership of ‘School Sports Partnership’ to provide for interschool sport and staff professional development opportunities.
- Funding professional development opportunities in PE for specialist teachers to maintain their levels of expertise.
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Impact of funding
- With this being the last of the proposed years of funding we have seen positive results:
- An increase in the amount of pupils who are attending lunchtime sports clubs on Monday and Fridays.
- Increased awareness of exercise and healthy lifestyles in the classes in the upper school.
- Participation in more varied types of sporting activities and multi skills sports.
- Increased enthusiasm in participants due to the specialist nature of the coaching.
- Increased confidence in teaching staff being able to deliver sports sessions.
- Increased opportunities for more pupils to attend interschool competitions as availability has been increased.
- An increase in enrichment day sessions on the Sherborne Developmental Movement for the teachers, sharing the practise and processes involved in teaching this specific type of education. This has proved useful for staff members who have fed back that they have been able to utilise these in a physical therapy way and in a way to de-escalate behaviour.
- The purchase of three pieces of outdoor gym equipment has raised the amount of direct exercise and sustained exercise. Another, unexpected positive that has arisen from these pieces of equipment is that staff are using them effectively to manage behaviour.