PE and Sport Premium
The government has provided additional funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. Indicators suggest that by 2014, 30% of children leaving primary school will be obese. The funding has been provided to promote and encourage children to participate in a range of physical activity both in and out of school in order to prevent these concerning statistics coming to fruition.
PE and Sport Premium funding has been provided jointly by the Department for Education, the Department for Health and Culture and the Department for Media and Sport. It has been allocated to primary school headteachers and is ring-fenced, meaning that it can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
The Government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the funding for PE and Sports in school. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- The performance outcomes of all pupils compared with their peers
- The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular in those areas where specific funding has been provided
- The reports that schools are required to publish online for Parents
All primary schools receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus £5 per pupil aged 5 or over on roll. Here at Greenfields we aim to use the funding effectively to ensure that standards of learning and achievement in PE and Sports are raised, with all children, regardless of their background, engaging in physical activity as part of the curriculum and extra-curricular provision.
PE and Sport Premium - School Allocation 2015/2016
Total number of pupils on roll for 2015/2016 was 234, and the total amount of Sport Premium funding received was £9,095.
Support funded through Sport Premium Allocation
We have used our PE and Sport Premium funding to employ a specialist hockey teacher to work in school leading specialist hockey teaching in each class. Mrs Cottee from Silky Skills Hockey worked with the children and alongside our class teachers, teaching and developing a hockey skills and coaching and supporting our school hockey team.
The funding has also enabled Mrs Waygood, PE leader to be released from class to support and develop staff skills across the school, including arranging fixtures across all of our after school sports clubs.
We have also developed links with Hartley Wintney Cricket club who will be providing in school cricket coaching culminating in a tournament held at the cricket green.
Through these opportunities we aim to:
- Encourage children of all ages to develop an active lifestyle.
- Encourage children to develop skills in specific sports which could be applied in sporting and games situations.
- Develop children’s understanding of rules and competition.
- Develop the confidence and skills of all teachers in delivering appropriate PE and sports lessons.
The funding has also been used to enable us to be part of the Rushmoor Schools Plus PE CPD Programme which includes us in local tournaments, leagues and sporting events, as well as providing us with CPD training opportunities.
In addition all teaching staff attended sessions of PE and Sports professional development training. Over the course of the year staff attended sessions on:
- Warm-up games and activities
- Tag Rugby
Our range of PE equipment is continually being enhanced with the purchase of athletic resources including hurdles and shot put equipment.
Impact of Sport Premium Funding
Sporting clubs offered over the course of the year include:
- Cross country
As a school we competed in over 22 inter-school tournaments or league matches including netball, football, hockey league and Quicksticks league, athletics and cross-country events. We also played friendlies against other local schools. This has increased pupils taking up sports as well as engaging the skilled players with opportunities to apply their developing skills in competition situations.
Following the first term of the specialist hockey teaching lessons, run alongside the class teachers, the year team teachers involved all reported feeling more confident to teach the game and had a better understanding of the skills involved in the game. The majority of children from the year group increased knowledge of hockey in particular specific rules and positioning. Hockey swifts ‘uptake’ has increased for year 6 – particularly with girls (numbers have doubled for girls since the first half of the autumn term).
Follow up from CPD on multi-skills and on tag rugby skills and rules, also lead to all staff feeling even more confident in skills to teach the sports. Staff also felt more competent with providing a wide range of warm-up activities during games lessons, drawing upon different skill sets for children.
Improved access to a variety of athletics sports using appropriate equipment has enabled sports teachers to further target specific groups of children and work on techniques and skills within their chosen sport.