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 Head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and P.E. for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and P.E. provision in schools and spending is subject to OFSTED scrutiny during school inspections. Information on how the Sport Premium is spent has to be documented on the school’s website.
Purpose of funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of P.E. and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. When planning how to spend the Sports Premium, schools must consider the five key areas of focus:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy, active lifestyles.
- The profile of P.E. and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement.
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching P.E. and sport.
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
- Increased participation in competitive sport.
According to national guidance, possible uses for the funding include:
- hiring specialist P.E. teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching P.E.
- new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- paying for professional development opportunities in P.E./sport
- providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in P.E./sport
- running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for P.E./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 and that resourcing needs of sport and P.E. are best met.
For the 2020 – 2021 year, we are looking ahead to ensuring our school has long lasting resources available to teachers to teach high quality, varied P.E. as well as providing resources to provide the children with outdoor opportunities for physical activity given the current climate with Covid-19. When time and government guidance allows for specialist teachers to come into school, staff CPD will be a key priority for Sports Premium expenditure to ensure long lasting expertise amongst our staff members.
Below were the main targets across school for P.E. and Sport for 2020-21 from the P.E. subject action plan which informed the Sports Premium expenditure for 2020-21:
- Provide C.P.D. opportunities to enrich the curriculum content, improve staff confidence and positively impact pupil progress in P.E. and sport.
- Improve the resourcing and provision for outdoor learning and curriculum P.E.
- Develop assessment and evidencing in P.E. across school.
- Develop the engagement of children and variety of activities taught in P.E. through further resourcing.
Given the nature of the 2020-21 academic year, the full amount of our Sports Premium was not spent and therefore a large amount will be carried over to be spent in the 2021-22 academic year. Projects are already in the process of being completed to ensure any monies carried forward are spent in a way to produce maximum impact with improving the sport and P.E. at The Willows.
Below is a table of Sports Premium expenditure for 2020-21 outlining how we have addressed school P.E. and Sport needs:
|Description||Impact||Key Indicators addressed||Cost||Evaluation|
|Lancashire P.E. Passport App membership New and improved schemes of work, training for subject leader on effective P.E, training for subject leader for APP and assessment of P.E and whole school access to new APP.||Provide staff with progressive planning and effective means of assessment for curriculum P.E.||2,3,4,5||£450||App very well received by staff and used as a tool for planning and assessment of curriculum P.E. across the school. Staff confidence and the variety of sports / activities covered has improved. Has provided excellent opportunities to monitor P.E planning and assessment for subject coordinator.|
|Forest School 1 full day per class from Reception – Year 6. Staff in attendance at the sessions to act as CPD.||Provide the children with a chance to try new activities / sports and learn new skills, while also improving their mental health and resilience to ensure a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.||1,2,3,4||£2'240||Sessions provided valuable team and social opportunities for the children. Proved to be invaluable in terms of mental health and resilience given lockdown. Staff very positive and have since led many sessions independently as a result of the team-teach training.|
|Further resourcing for curriculum P.E. New balls, cones, rackets etc to add to our existing stocks and also provide new equipment to add to our variety of P.E games and sports that can be taught. Also, larger gym equipment like crash mats for gymnastics in KS2.||Ensure all children can participate in varied, well resourced lessons, ensure staff have equipment that can be incorporated into challenging, progressive lessons.||1,2,4||£7000||We have heavily invested over the last few years on curriculum P.E and are currently in a healthy position. New equipment has been well received and was ordered based on staff surveys and the need for equipment to push and challenge the children, hence the crash mats in gym and more varied sports like golf.|
|Mobile climbing wall Mobile climbing wall from Alternative Adventure visited school for 2 days to give the children a chance to challenge themselves, grow in self-confidence and try a new sport.||To provide the children with the chance to try a new sport, grow the image of sport and P.E and give the children a chance to improve their resilience and self-confidence, key aspects of mental health.||1,2,4||£1420||An amazing opportunity that the children enjoyed. This was a huge success, giving children the chance to challenge themselves, try a new sport and grow in resilience and self - confidence.|
|Forest School resources Several new pieces of equipment purchased, some also from school fund, in order to broaden the activities the children can do in Forest School and to ensure the staff can adequately lead whole class outdoor learning sessions.||Children learn new skills and build key character skills like team work, communication and resilience through using these resources. Building self-confidence through physical activity and love for the outdoors. Improving the image of sport and physical activity.||2,3,4||£100||This has made a huge impact on the children’s mental health, wellbeing, team skills and resilience. They comment frequently on how much they love the outdoors due to Forest School sessions and staff confidence has improved due to having the correct equipment and having had the training on their Forest School day.|