In April 2013, the Government announced funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. This funding is being used 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, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1 September 2013. 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, and have been allocated £8,585 for the academic year 2016/17.
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 teachers 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.
“The school has made good use of its additional sports funds. The physical education leader has prepared a detailed plan for the funds, which have paid for sports equipment, and to buy in specialist coaching for sports such as tennis. Funds are also used to transport pupils to take part in competitions with other schools. The school is making sure that all pupils benefit from the sports funds and that it is having a positive impact on their physical fitness and health.” Ofsted June 2014