The Government is providing funding 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. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the funding 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 include:
- hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE and new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- paying for professional development opportunities in PE and sport
- providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
- running sport competitions or increasing participation in the school games
- buying quality-assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
- providing places for pupils on after-school sport clubs and holiday clubs
At Orford Primary School, we believe that all children should be given the opportunity to develop their sporting skills. We offer a range of sports clubs after school and try to engage as many children as we possibly can in a broad range of sporting opportunities. As a school we enter many competitions, always doing our very best and learning from the experience.
How Orford spent funding 2016-7
Last Year Orford Primary School used the additional funding to:
- employ a qualified Sports Coach to help enrich our PE lessons and up-skill our teaching staff.
- employ a qualified Sports Coach to set up and run additional sports clubs after school.
- pay for transport to allow children the opportunity to travel to sports competitions.
- extend our participation in level 2 sporting competitions.
- ensure children are able to engage in sports they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to participate in.
- purchase new equipment which enables children to try a wider range of sporting activities pupils.
- part funded sports after school clubs
- pay for a whole school sports session at Pipers Vale Gymnastics Centre in Ipswich.
- purchase medals for our School Games sports day.
- pay for a member of staff to undertake a Level 3 Forest School leader course.
- pay for supply costs when a member of staff takes children to a sporting event.
Impact of funding 2016-17
- We have taken part in a range of sporting competitions, including cross country, basketball, football, tennis and hockey to name a few.
- Pupils are offered after school sporting provision with sports coaches in sports different to PE curriculum
- Year 5/6 took part in a playground leaders course and now lead more active play at lunchtimes.
- We have purchased new PE equipment including new football goals and netball posts, to enable us to host matches.
- Pupils in class one and two were taught one lesson per week by a qualified Sports Coach, improving fitness and developing generic skills in the younger pupils.
- We have achieved our ‘bronze’ Kite Mark Award.
- A member of staff has begun Forest School training.
Total: Given £8281
How Orford spent funding 2015-16
- We employed a qualified sports coach to help enrich our PE lessons
- Our teaching staff underwent continued professional development delivered by qualified sports coaches
- We employed a qualified sports coach to set up and run additional sports clubs after school
- Years 5 and 6 took part in a playground leaders' course
- We paid for transport to allow children the opportunity to travel to sports competitions
- We extended our participation in level 2 sporting competitions
- Orford Primary School's PE and Sports Premium funding for the academic year 2015-2016 was £8,500.
- We have increased participation in a range of sporting competitions, including cross-country, basketball, football, tennis and hockey
- Children have been able to try a wider range of sporting activities such as fencing, archery and dodgeball
- They have had a unique taste of top-class international sport with a subsidised visit to watch the Aviva Women's Tour cycle race in Aldeburgh
- Class One has taken part in a multi-skills afternoon at Farlingaye High school, thus improving confidence, teamwork and competitive spirit
- We have increased participation in after-school clubs by subsidising our children's attendance
- The purchase of new PE equipment such as child-friendly hurdles, javelins and shotput added a new dimension not only to PE lessons but our annual sports day
- All pupils have received one lesson per week from a qualified sports coach
- CPD under the guidance of a qualified sports coach improved staff confidence and the quality of PE teaching across the school
- We have achieved a School Games Bronze Kitemark Award which rewards schools for outstanding commitment to sport.