School Sports Grant
PE ‘Sports Premium’ Funding
As you may be aware schools have received an amount of money from the government. The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum – this was initially for two years but has now been extended to five years! The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
The funding our school received was calculated by the number of primary aged children between the ages of 5 and 11 years. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils received a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. In the financial year 2013/2014 we received £9,375.
Schools must spend this additional funding on IMPROVING their provision of PE and sport, but each school has the freedom to choose how to do this. From September 2013 Ofsted inspectors will assess and report on how effective this new funding is being used to improve PE and sport provision. Inspectors may review our school website, looking for evidence of our sporting provision, as well as when they visit our school.
The money has come from 3 areas
*Department of Education
*Health & Culture
*Media and Sport
As a result there is a greater emphasis on Physical education not Sport education. Agencies want children to become more active and more aware of their health through PE lessons.
It’s ‘Physical Literacy’ – children need to become confident and competent at the basics.
How we have used the funding?
We have used our money to ensure we have improved sporting provision for all of our children. Investing in Local Authority provision at its highest level, in our local School Sports Partnership by upgrading to ‘Platinum’ cover, which means we can access more resources, sports and competitions than ever before.
Continue our provision of external coaches to work with our teachers when teaching PE to provide expert tuition for our children.
Purchased new equipment/resources/kit as identified through PE audit.
Increasing provision for extracurricular events and competitions.
On staff professional development.
Competition is also an important feature of sporting development as it’s about personal competition as well as team competitions. A competitive element in sporting activities is now viewed as an essential area to further develop, particularly in KS2. We have enjoyed increasing our levels of participation and our children respond very well to the competitive element! Events we have competed in so far this academic year include –
KS1 Football Tournament.
Indoor Athletics Tournament.
Mini Hockey Tournament.
Sports Hall Athletics.
We are thrilled at the many trophies which have been achieved. Also another key outcome is the number of pupils who have been identified by clubs/teams as having great potential and have since been registered for county teams etc.
I am sure you have already noticed the increased number of after school clubs and events which the children right across school have been involved in including –
Multi sports club.
This has already impacted on increasing many pupils’ confidence and skills. We are also delighted that some children who previously have shown less interest in sport are now becoming more eager to participate.
At Harlow Green we are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle to all of our children and encouraging physical activity. The funding will help us raise the profile of PE and healthy lifestyles and help us to broaden the range of sports and activities on offer.