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. In the 2022/2023 academic year Orford School will receive £16537
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the funding on improving their provision of PE and sport and encouraging children to be more active. Schools 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.
Spending and Impact 2021-2
- We have increased participation in a range of level 2 sporting competitions, including cross-country, basketball, football, tennis and hockey
- We employed a qualified sports coach from Xtra Time sports development to help enrich our PE lessons and train staff in specialist areas such as gymnastics, CPD under the guidance of a qualified sports coach improved staff confidence and the quality of PE teaching across the school
- All pupils have received one lesson per week from a qualified sports coach
- Children have been able to try a wider range of sporting activities such as fencing, archery and dodgeball
- 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, as well as new netball posts to enable us to host matches.
- We funded extra, specialist swimming lessons for Year 5 and 6 children who were not on track to achieve the national standard in swimming. 5/6 attendees exceeded the expectation in 2022.
- The whole school participated in a trip to Pipers Vale, the specialist gymnastics centre in Ipswich, led by experienced coaches. This trip physically and emotionally tested our children and inspired them
- We funded a set of scooters for the playground and new climbing equipment for the field to increase the number of children being physically active for at least 30minutes per day
- We have trained a member of staff in Forest Schools
- Our children 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
- We have previously achieved a School Games Bronze Kitemark Award which rewards schools for outstanding commitment to sport.