What is Sports Premium?
Beginning in 2013/2014, The Government has been providing funding to schools to improve the quality and breadth of physical education and sports provision. Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding including increasing participation in physical education and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Purpose of the Funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving the quality and breadth of provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. Possible uses for the funding include:
- Employing specialist physical education teachers or qualified coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE.
- Employing a local coach to provide weekly after-school sport on the school site.
- New or additional Change4Life sport clubs.
- Paying for transport, pool hire and instruction to provide additional swimming lessons.
- Paying for cover staff to release teachers for professional development opportunities in PE/sport.
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games.
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport.
Priorities at Ferndale Primary School
Over the last two years our main priority has been to enhance the facilities for sport and activity on our school grounds:
- 2017/18 – A Mini Pitch
- 2018/19 – A running track
This is in addition to:
- Achieving Sports Games Bronze in 2018/2019.
- Providing 5 after school sports clubs, which change half termly. In 2018/19 48% of the school attended at least one after school club.
- Providing swimming sessions for KS 1 pupils in our school swimming pool.
- Purchasing additional equipment to support the quality PE curriculum.
- Enhancing daily activity – Cyber Coach, the Daily Mile.
- Increasing the competitions we enter, both intra and inter school.
- To develop the teaching of PE across the school so that 80% is good or above.
- To develop PE planning so that 100% of staff are utilising given planning and delivering lessons which include age related skills.
- To continue to develop the range of school clubs available.
- To develop a clear PE (including swimming) assessment system across the school.
- To develop competitive sports within the school (Intra) and compete with other schools (Inter).
- To identify opportunities to use the mini pitch as part of the PE Curriculum.
- To embed the use of Commando Joe within PE as well as across the curriculum to further develop character education and core values in line with the school’s policy and expectations.