What is the PE and sports premium?
Although the Olympics may be a distant memory, the legacy of London 2012 continues. To help fund Olympians of the future all primary schools received additional PE funding initially for three academic years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16). Each school received £8000 plus an £5 per additional pupil per year to be spent on improving sport and PE provision for all pupils. For the academic year 2016/17, Medstead has received £8,886.00.
Below is a joint statement from the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport about the PE and sports premium:
“We are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015and 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017. We will allocate this extra funding directly to primary headteachers.”
“Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
It has recently been announced that funding will continue into 2017/18, at an increased rate.The Minister for Children and Families said:
“We want to make sure all children have a healthy and active lifestyle and it’s vital that we encourage this in our classrooms. That’s why we have doubled the Primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million per year to improve the quality of PE and sport in our schools.”
To make the most of this opportunity we have formed an Alton partnership of 11 primary schools. As a group the Alton cluster of primary schools has decided to use part of the money to employ a specialist PE teacher. The idea is to provide our teachers with an opportunity to work alongside a qualified PE professional to further support them in the delivery of high quality PE and games lessons. The PE teacher, we have employed, will work across all the schools teaching PE to provide new opportunities and ideas to pupils and teachers alike. We feel this method provides excellent training for our school to leave a lasting legacy of PE.
How the money is used?
The majority of our sports premium is used through the Alton Sports Partnership. The role of this partnership is to increase the confidence of teaching staff and resources available to them, develop new planning and curriculum opportunities in sport and PE and further develop the extra-curricular timetable to give all children the chance to be active after school. To date 7 new sporting areas have been added through this partnership; Cross Country Running, Orienteering, Trampolining, a Swimming Gala, Dodgeball, Table Tennis and Rounders. We feel this method provides excellent training for our school to leave a lasting legacy of PE.
Alongside the sports partnership the sports premium has been put towards the Confident Kids programme and the cost shared with Pupil Premium funding where appropriate.
We have also invested in a significant amount of new PE equipment. From wall bars in the hall to new netball posts outside and an orienteering course around the school grounds, we have added a wide variety of equipment to allow all children to experience a greater range of activities in physical education.
2015/2016 Spending Breakdown:
|PE and Sports Premium allocation||How we spent the money?|
|£8886||Specialist PE Teacher||£3652|
|Confident Kids programme||£1980|
The remainder of the money was to be used to buy a climbing frame.
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