At St Mary’s Primary School, we recognise the significant contribution of PE to the health and well-being of all children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
WHAT IS THE SPORTS PREMIUM?
The government is providing funding worth £150 million per year and is provided jointly by the Department for Education, the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Prime Minister David Cameron announced in February 2014 that the Government have committed to funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium to 2020. This money is going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years - here at St Mary’s that will mean approximately £10,000 a year.
PURPOSE OF THE 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 of the funding include:
Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits
How is the money already helping at St Mary’s
Funding is helping us continue to be part of the Barnet Sports Partnership in order to take part in a range of intra- school competitions which enables pupils to use the skills learnt at school in context and in competitive and non competitive situations.
A play-leader at lunchtimes will organise a variety of games and activities for children.
The cost of entry to competitions such as the dance festival, Copthall swimming and athletics is also being met through the premium.
Teachers attend training courses and delivery sessions via the Barnet Sports Partnership. Courses include games/sports such as dance, gymnastics, athletics and Invasion games. This in turn increases teachers subject knowledge and PE confidence increases resulting in a higher quality PE lessons. The PE premium money is also used to provide cover for the release time of courses.
SPECIALISED COACHES AND SCHOOL TRIPS
Over the past couple of years St Mary’s has a arranged a sports week were the funding has helped us bring in specialist coaches to teach the children non-traditional sports such as Archery, Ultimate Frisbee and also to enable them to take part in external orienteering school trips.
How PE premium money will benefit St Mary’s in 2016/17
PROVIDE EXISTING STAFF WITH TEACHING RESOURCES TO HELP THEM TEACH PE AND SPORT
To facilitate quality teaching and learning a nationally recognised scheme of work will be purchased using PE Premium and will provide staff with detailed planning and assessment material which they can adapt and deliver ensuring effective transition between year groups and key stages. The Scheme of Work will also be in line with the new National Curriculum, which was introduced in September 2014.
RESOURCES AND EQUIPMENT
It is important to ensure that we have the appropriate equipment to cover the range of sports we have on offer. PE Premium money will ensure we a range of resources and equipment we require, some specialist and some for the general teaching of skills all in order to provide better quality PE lessons.
Any extra Primary School Sport’s Funding will be used to enable us to continue to develop our PE provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.