PE and Sport Funding Impact 2015-2016
The government has provided additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.
Funding for schools is calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual school’s census in January of the preceding academic year.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Since September 2013, schools have been held to account over how they spend their additional, funding. Ofsted have strengthened the coverage of PE and sport within the ‘Inspectors’ handbook’ and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE is assessed as
part of the school’s overall provision.
Physical Education – Aims and Objectives
Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities.
Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.
Thus we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives. The aims of PE are:
• to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination;
• to encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations;
• to develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities;
• to increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance;
• to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise;
• to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;
• to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success;
• to increase participation rates in school and outside of school.
After reviewing last year’s use of the money we decided that the employment of sports specialists was the best use of the money and had been effective in up skilling teachers as well as ensuring high quality PE lessons every week. Last year the focus had been on outdoor multi skills and after a year of this we felt teachers would now have a large base of skills to use themselves with their classes in the new school year.
We therefore decided that we would look for a specialist who could support gymnastics and dance, providing high quality lessons in this area and improving the subject knowledge and skills base for the teaching staff. These are areas, particularly gymnastics, that many staff felt they would benefit from support in. We also wanted to include EYFS in this provision.
The allocated Sport Premium money was spent on providing high quality PE teaching through specialist sports coaches and the related development of teaching staff. Fern Ravnkilde is a qualified teacher and gymnastics coach who was recommended through Why Nott. She provided Gymnastics and Dance lessons for EYFS up to year 4. She has been an excellent addition to the staff and also provides a lunch time and after school club. This has helped us to widen our activities to include a gymnastics and cheerleading club.
We decided to continue our relationship with the Emmanuel sports department who came to deliver PE lessons for year 5&6 which also helps with transition from year 6.
The cost of these providers is approximately to be £20 per hour which over the course of the year, equated to the amount received through the PE and School Sport Grant.
For 2016/17 we are planning to operate the same model, though with a different provider. Mr Jonathan Reyes is providing high quality specialist input for pupils form Year R-4.