What is the Sports Premium?
The government is continuing to provide primary school sport funding for the academic year 2015/2016. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and the money goes directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school currently receives £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year – here at Holden Lane Primary that will mean around £8,779 for 2015/2016. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the funding
Schools 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 of 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 material for PE/sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs
At Holden Lane Primary School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
The governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It is important that we use this money wisely. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in CPD opportunities. These have been provided by specialist sports coaches/companies who have delivered high quality lessons to the children, with staff observing/team teaching. Also to further enhance the PE curriculum, extra – curricular sports after school have been provided.
Our Sports Funding allocation has enabled us to receive in-house CPD so that our staff continue to teach high quality PE lessons. Also, it helped us to extend our extra-curricular sports provision through employing more sports professionals and to take part in a local network of team and inter-school activities.