In April 2013, the Government announced a special fund called the Sports Premium that would be provided to schools in order to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
Funding is allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils. We received £8,565 in the academic year 2013/14, £8,485 in the academic year 2014/15, £8585 in the academic year 2015/16, £8,585 for the academic year 2016/17, and this figure is set to increase further in 2017/18.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Examples of how we are making effective use of PE and sport funding at St Mary’s include:
* Providing specialist PE coaches to lead lessons and extra-curricular activities.
* Providing staff training through employment of specialist PE teachers to work alongside teachers in lessons to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE.
* Procuring quality-assured professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and sport.
* Buying into existing local sports networks such as the Dacorum School Sports Network.
* Providing places for pupils in after-school sport clubs and holiday courses.
* Engaging the least active pupils in extra-curricular activities.
* Forging links with local secondary schools to help primary staff improve their PE and sports provision.
Please see the attached documents for a detailed summary and breakdown of the sports premium spending and impact.