Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve the provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport, The funding will go directly to primary school head teachers and 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
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE and sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the School Games
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs
- Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools
How will we be spending the PE and Sport funding and who will benefit?
1. Hiring a qualified PE teacher to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
The schools have hired Pro Sport, qualified PE teachers, to deliver an hour of PE to two classes each week. This will help enhance and develop teachers’ skills and understanding to ensure they are delivering high quality PE. The coaches will deliver lessons as stated in our PE curriculum map, giving teachers 1st hand experience in what they will be delivering to the children themselves. This includes Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Athletics. This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. These lessons will be taught by Pro Sport, but our teaching staff will be developed through observing and sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons.
2. Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs
Our schools already offer some after school clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages one and two. These clubs will continue to run as before. This academic year we have offered Football, Karate, Multi-sport and Rugby across the two schools.
3. Increasing participation in the School Games and Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools
Since September 2013, Ellingham and Woodton schools have pooled some of our sports premium with other primary schools in the Loddon Cluster to pay for a qualified PE teacher to organise competitive sports between schools at various levels – interschool Cluster level, South Norfolk level and onto County Level. Their role is to arrange tournaments and fixtures between the cluster primaries, whilst offering routes for our more gifted children, allowing them to compete against other children at a higher level. We feel it is important that children who are more able in sport are given the chance to participate against others of a similar ability and potential. Ellingham and Woodton schools are becoming increasingly successful in School sports and welcomed the continuation of this post which was only made possible by this grant.
In 2015/16 the school has competed in:
- Cluster rounder’s tournament
- Dance festival
- Cluster football tournament
- Cluster basket-ball tournament
- Cross County running
- Swimming gala
The participation in these tournaments has greatly benefitted the children, giving them confidence, sportsmanship and helping them to prepare for secondary schools.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
After attending recent training, we will be running a Change4life club, to encourage those children who do not lead a healthy lifestyle to take part in an active club. The children will be invited to join the lunchtime club and they will take ownership of it. The aim is to teach the children how to lead a healthy lifestyle and transfer this knowledge to their life at home. This will benefit the children directly involved in the club and their families.