WHAT IS THE SPORTS PREMIUM?
The Government is providing funding directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The funding is ring-fenced and can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The amount of PE and sport funding which schools receive is based upon the number of children they have in Years 1-6.
When a school receives an Ofsted Inspection, they will assess how schools spend their PE and sports funding. Governors and the schools’ Improvement Partner will also ask about and assess how the funding is spent in between Ofsted inspections.
Detailed information about PE and sports funding for Primary Schools can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools
PURPOSE OF FUNDING
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that you should use the premium to:
- Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- Make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
For example funding can be used to:
- Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- Provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- Introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- Support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- Run sport competitions
- Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- Run sports activities with other schools
There are some things which the PE and Sports Premium Funding is not allowed to be spent on. These are:
- Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements - these should come out of your core staffing budgets
- Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum - including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)
HOW WILL WE BE SPENDING THE FUNDING AND WHO WILL BENEFIT?
The staff, children and governors at Rockliffe Manor Primary all agree that the money must be used so that:
- All children benefit regardless of sporting ability,
- Children are given the opportunity to compete in local and regional tournaments,
- Staff have access to resources and training opportunities, plus continued professional development to improve the quality of teaching and learning in physical education,
- Children are exposed to a range of traditional and non-traditional sports and health enhancing activities through the curriculum, clubs and school visits.
HOW OUR SPORTS PREMIUM FUND WAS SPENT IN THE YEAR 2015-2016 AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD
Between 2015 and 2016, Rockliffe Manor School spent their PE and sport premium funding on the following:
- 48.8% of the funding was spent on hiring coaches from GT sports to run activities for children, of all year groups, during lunchtimes. The GT sports company ensure that all the children are exposed to a range of games (i.e. hockey, football and basketball) and various game-based activities. These games and activities are open to and enjoyed by children of all abilities, and also introduce the children to new games or activities that they have not played in the past. GT sports work in close connection with Rockliffe Manor and ensure that our school values, and values which are required in sport, are introduced and encouraged (for example teamwork, kindness, resilience and respect) through the games and activities which the children participate in at lunchtimes.
“I like the coaches who come in for agility. We play handball and football. Sometimes at lunch we play tournaments and we play against each other. We get to apply the skills we have learnt in a fun way. It means we have something to do at play time and we all really enjoy learning the different sports" (Year 6 child)
- 40.6% of the funding was spent on hiring a specialist gymnastic coach to work with all year groups. Our specialist gymnastics coach works alongside teachers to deliver high quality gymnastics lessons as well as provide teaching staff with ideas / support / professional development on how to structure gymnastic lessons. The lessons include children being exposed to floor work as well as opportunities to develop their skills on a variety of apparatus. Our gymnastics coach has organised for a team to participate in the Royal Borough of Greenwich Key Stage 2 gymnastic competition in May 2016.
“As a class teacher it was great to work alongside Stephanie and see how she structures good quality gymnastic lessons. Her expertise has ensured that children across the school have made good progress in gymnastics” (SLT member and class teacher)
“I like gymnastics lesson because I have learnt to do a cartwheel. I also went to the after school club last year which was also lots of fun!” (Year 4 child)
- 10.6% of the funding was spent on buying additional equipment for the school PE resources and supporting the running of after school clubs. The purchase of additional equipment to support PE lessons has ensured that all children have access to high quality PE provision and also access to games and activities that they wouldn’t necessarily be exposed to. Furthermore, the purchasing of equipment supported our annual Sports Day, which all children participated in, in July 2016. In regards to after school clubs, at Rockliffe Manor we pride ourselves on providing children with a broad and balanced range of extra-curricular activities, which all children have access to. After school clubs this year have included: agility, football, running and gymnastic clubs.