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Primary School's Sports Funding

Click here to view our Sports Premium Funding for the year 2016-2017

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School's Sports Funding page.

 

The government has provided special funding for primary schools for the last three years so that they can improve participation and attainment in PE and sport.

St Peter’s received £8000 + £5 per pupil this year. This has been used to pay for specialist teaching for Key Stage 2 pupils; staff training; new/replacement of resources; transport; swimming provision and membership of a Sports’ Partnership.

What has been the impact on participation and attainment?

Membership of a local Sports’ Partnership has enabled us to access a range of events and competitions. Sometimes this has given us access to extra in-school coaching as well, especially where a new sport has been introduced. Having a specialist coach in school every week has raised children’s skill levels significantly in a wide range of sports over the three years: including football, netball, hockey, tag rugby, cross country, basketball, dodge ball, tennis, gymnastics, athletics and rounders. We have a very popular gymnastics club as well and with two specialist coaches, have qualified for the School Games in gymnastics twice in three years, with three children receiving medals at competition level. Our staff in school have benefitted from the weekly CPD and have raised their own expectations about what children can achieve.

Despite being a very small school we have increased our participation and made significant achievements in inter school competition over the three years we have received the funding. We have represented Hambleton in the School Games in gymnastics, netball and athletics. This year our Year 3/ 4 and Year 5/6 mixed hockey teams both qualified for the Hambleton Final as did our Year 5/6 teams, both in football and netball. One of our swimmers also won a medal in the inter schools swimming gala this year.

The funding has also enabled us to branch out and play against local, independent schools, with great success. We have had access to some excellent facilities as well as some free coaching.

Our biggest drive this year has been to raise the fitness levels of all staff and pupils in our little school. In January we started our walk/run a mile a day, following the example set by many Scottish Schools. The impact has not only been seen in pupils’ improved fitness and well-being, but in their desire to be even more active/participate in PE and Sport.


What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.


The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.


Purpose of Funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

  • Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs

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