The Government are providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 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 head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
Purpose of funding
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. Schools will have to spend it 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:
- 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
What this will look like at The Glebe Primary School
The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development; that children benefit from using appropriate equipment and resources.
We have chosen to spend some of the money in the following ways:
- Hiring a specialist PE teacher
In partnership with North Shore Health Academy, the Sports Funding will pay for the services of a PE specialist. For half-a-day each week, North Shore Health Academy will supply a PE teacher to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff. The teacher will follow the units of work the children would be studying and will coach two different classes each half term in Key Stage 2. Not only will the children benefit from being taught by a PE teacher, our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons.
This is similar within Key Stage 1, where we have a specialist teacher from Premier Player Academy who work alongside our Ker Stage 1 staff to deliver weekly lessons to our children.
- Providing opportunities for children to compete
In partnership with North Shore Health Academy, the Sports Funding will pay for the services of a School Sports Co-Ordinator. Their role will be to arrange tournaments and fixtures between the primary schools in our cluster as well as offering opportunities for our more gifted children to compete against other children at a higher level, at the Stockton finals. We felt it was important to add onto the standard package with this opportunity for our more able children, so they are given the chance to participate against others of similar ability and potential.
Part of the funding will be used to pay for travel to and from these events which will take place at other venues.
- Providing places for pupils for after school sport clubs
We already offer a range of lunchtime and after school clubs accessed by children in Key Stages one and two. From September 2017 we have been running an after school football club for all Key Stage 2 children to engage new players and beginners, as well as using the expertise of highly qualified coaches to provide more advanced training sessions to allow children who are more able to develop their skills to a higher level. We have also been an integral part of introducing central leagues to allow our children to be given the opportunity to compete against other teams and play against quality opposition.
We have also introduced a Health and Well Being club in which our staff have been up skilled by an experienced practitioner and now plan and deliver on a weekly basis to ensure our children understand the importance of regular exercise and a balanced diet.
We will be using part of the Sports Funding to offer free places to both the above clubs.
- Replacement and upgrading of PE resources, equipment and storage.
Part of the money received from the additional sports funding will go towards upgrading the existing PE equipment. Some equipment will be replaced completely, other equipment will be added to to improve the PE provision delivered currently. Along with the additional resources purchased increased storage will be necessary to insure that equipment for lessons can be easily and safely accessed and stored.
- Additional considerations
- Money will be used throughout the year to insure that when CPD opportunities for staff become available they are able to attend. Staff will then return to school and feedback to the rest of the staff, sharing good practise, new ideas and the latest developments.
- New outdoor equipment to maintain our outdoor provision.
How the impact will be measured:
- Teachers will demonstrate greater confidence in the planning and delivery of quality PE lessons.
- Equipment will be used more effectively in PE lessons and will be accessed and stored more safely.
- Assessment of pupils’ skills and development in PE.
- Increased participation in after school clubs.
- Increased participation at competitive events and progression to Stockton finals and beyond.