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 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 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 and up skill 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 teaching high quality PE.
How the money is used?
Our aim at Medstead is to “develop children’s physical literacy to create a love of movement”. To do this we aim to; increase our children’s engagement in regular activity, raise the profile of sport and physical activity throughout the school and community, improve staff confidence and knowledge of physical activity, offer a broad range of activities to allow all children to succeed, and develop more opportunities for all children to participate in competitive sports.
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 nine new sporting areas have been added through this partnership; Cross Country Running, Orienteering, Trampolining, a Swimming Gala, Dodgeball, Table Tennis, Sportshall Athletics, Tri Golf and Rounders. We feel this method provides excellent training for our school to leave a lasting legacy of PE. Through these areas the school has targeted those children who have a need to develop there participation in physical and sporting opportunities.
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.
Finally we are looking to find ways to improve the health of members of our school community. One way we are trying to do this is with more “active breaks” during the school day. We have already started the Golden Mile and will look to develop this and other ideas further over the next few years.
During the school year 2016/17 the school's allocated grant (£8,886) was spent on:
During the school year 2017/18 the school's allocated grant (£17,730) will be spent on:
Staff delivering a wider breadth of topics in Physical Education
Children took part in a wider range of activities during and after school
Extra curricular attendance has increased with greater numbers of children physically active outside of school
Staff attending different courses has given the school more expertise in areas such as playtime activities and EYFS
Staff meetings have been used to share staff expertise in topics such as Gymnastics and OAA
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