The Government is providing funding for primary school sport for the academic year 2016/17. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and this will go to primary schools so that the quality of sport and PE for all their children can be improved..
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Schools will have to spend the money on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will be able to choose how they do this.
Some ways of doing this are :-
• hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
• new 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.
How are we spending the money?
As staff, we have identified ways in which we think the school would benefit from the funding. Below shows how we have been spending the sports funding:
Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE
The school has linked with the services of Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnership, who deliver some of our after school clubs and PE lessons. This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
The school finds this support beneficial as the children are being taught by a member of the Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnership who is an official sports coach, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons. We are able to do this as the school has purchased the Premium Package through the Wyre Fylde and Sports Premium Offer and ensures we are utilising the lump sum offered by the Government in an effective way.
The school also works closely with Rossall School PE Department and a member of their staff is released for a lesson a week to help support the teaching of Dance and Gymnastics throughout school.
Our Year 6 class swim at Rossall Pool every week. This is because the pool is more adequately equipped for the older children and two trained swimming teachers teach the children.
Providing places for pupils, for
after school sport club
in school sport
Our school already offers a range of after school clubs or lunchtime clubs which are accessed by children from both Key Stages One and Two. These clubs will continue to run as before, but the sports clubs offered by the Partnership ensure that more clubs are available for the children.
As well as working in partnership with Wyre and Fylde Schools Sports Partnership, we have a football coach who is very committed to Football and practices with the children every week and extra times if a match is pending. He ensures that the children are taking part in competitive sport and organizes as many matches as possible, including friendlies in order to give the children a taste of competitive sport..