What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding to provide 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.
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 we are 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:
Providing Specialist coaching
A sizeable amount of the Sports Premium fund will be put towards offering the children expert teaching from a variety of games teachers. In order to develop teacher confidence and offer a more varied P.E and sport curriculum, several classes will be receiving tuition for golf and for cricket. The aim of this is to up-skill teachers, by working alongside the sport specialists leading the session so they can implement these sports in to their own curriculum in the coming years. The specialist teachers will discuss planning and delivery of the sessions with the teachers. The funding will also cover the cost of transport for Year 6 to hopefully access ice skating lessons at the Fylde Coast Ice Arena.
Develop teamwork, resilience and confidence
Such a big barrier to children developing socially and emotionally is their low levels of self confidence, resilience and communication. In order to develop these areas, each class will have access to a mobile climbing wall which the funding will pay for.
Improving school sport resources for a wider range of sports.
In order to fully engage all children and offer a fully inclusive P.E curriculum, it is important that we do not just focus on core sports and games to develop skills. Some of the School Sport budget will be put towards improving the school’s sport and P.E resources to ensure there are several sports and games to cater for each skill as the children progress through school.
Providing additional after school sport clubs
Our school already offers a range of extra-curricular sports clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages 1 and 2. In addition to these, we will continue to use the Sports Funding to pay for specialist coaches from AFC Fylde to deliver a variety of sports clubs throughout the year. Children in all year groups will have the opportunity to participate in a number of these clubs. In the summer term Premier Sports will also deliver KS2 sports clubs to attract a wider range of children by offering more unusual clubs such as fencing and soft archery.
Increasing opportunities for competition in school sport
The school has also bought in to the Kirkham School Sports Partnership who are organising a range of different festivals, tournaments and leagues for a range of sports. Again, AFC Fylde will be used to coach and prepare children for football tournaments and leagues.
Professional Development Opportunities
Professional Development of staff is essential to ensure that children are taught key skills correctly and safely. We continue to use Sports Funding to provide opportunities for staff to regularly update, and expand, their knowledge of teaching sport.