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 2015-16, Medstead has received £8,886.00. It has recently been announced that funding will continue into 2016/17.
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 2015 and 2015 to 2016. We will allocate this extra funding directly to primary headteachers.”
“Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs, e.g. the Change4Life clubs
provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
run sports activities with other schools
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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.
2015/16 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 is to be used to buy a climbing frame.
How does this affect our school?
Attendance to extra-curricular clubs has been fantastic. Setting up links with Arsenal Football club, Aspire Coaching and the Alton Sports Partnership has provided a leap forward in extra -curricular attendance. The Alton Sports Partnership has provided more opportunities for all our children to take part in inter-school competitions. For the last 2 years Medstead have been the Swimming Gala champions. We also won the Alton Schools Boys Football and Tag Rugby tournaments and we represented the Alton Schools in the Dodgeball North East Hants Final as well as having individual representatives in the Table Tennis Finals.
Through the Alton Sports Partnership we have provided additional PE training for all our staff as well as planning and resources to go alongside. This PE planning covering all areas of PE coupled with the expertise of Aspire Coaching will allow our children to be provided with high quality PE lessons for the foreseeable future.
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