Primary School’s Sports Funding
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum since 2013 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding. This funding goes directly to primary schools 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. OFSTED play a significant role in ensuring that schools target this funding in areas which will lead to clear outcomes in raising standards and opportunities in PE and school sport for all children throughout the Primary Phase. All schools receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. For the academic year 2014/2015 Woodcote Primary School received £10,700 and the same for 2015/2016.
Purpose of Funding
Schools have to spend the funding on improving their provision of PE and school sport, but they also have the freedom to choose how they do this.
How is Woodcote Primary using the funding?
We are using the funding to develop our school aim to provide excellence and opportunity in a range of sports.
The school already takes part in a number of local borough competitions. We feel it is important that all children have the chance to represent their school and take part in competitive sport against other schools. We will continue our existing competitions such as the Borough netball, cross country, cricket and football. We will also arrange further tournaments and fixtures between with the other primary schools within our cluster and Local Authority such as the cluster athletics.
In 2015/2016 £9,900 was spent on sports coaching which includes staff training; £2585 was spent on developing lunchtime activities & £1,310 on football training and attendance at matches.
The number of children participating in competitions has increased over time.
Supplemented by additional school funding, the Sports Fund is used to provide professional games and PE coaching for all children once a week. This enables the children to develop a range of skills and to learn a range of games.
In addition to this weekly coaching for all children, we offer coaching in specific games and sports for groups of children. We currently offer Cricket and Football in Key Stage 2. Swimming lessons are organised for one Key Stage 2 year group at Purley Pools. We also employ coaches for netball. Professional coaches provide training to groups of children in football, cricket and tennis also.
This has led to a larger number of children joining local sports clubs and engaging in more regular competitive sports. It has also led to greater success in competitions with our netball, football and cricket teams regularly reaching the finals stages.
We have also used Pupil Premium funding to enable some children to participate in external clubs and tuition thus increasing the opportunity of disadvantaged pupils to take part in sports.
Through the funding we have been able to increase the number of sporting clubs and the range of games and sports offered. This has resulted in a higher uptake of activities from children of all ages. We have been able to respond to requests from parents and pupils by, for instance running a girl’s football club.
We have seen a significantly increased uptake of sporting clubs from children of all ages and of girls in some sports.
We have developed partnerships with local sports clubs such as Purley and national organisations such as The English Cricket Board (ECB). These have provided valuable sources of coaching, expertise and resources as well as opportunities for children and families to attend professional sports meetings.
Children and families have had more opportunity to see professional sporting events and to take part in sports together
Professional development of staff 2015/16
One of the key strands of the sports funding is to develop the skills of our school staff so that the quality of PE and sport that is delivered will be enhanced. Our qualified sports coaches work alongside staff to deliver lessons and support planning and delivery of PE. Working in this way teacher confidence and expertise has developed. Staff training sessions have taken place, for example, an English Cricket Board (ECB) training session developed teacher’s understanding and skill levels in teaching children how to throw; catch and then bowl the ball correctly and in developing multi skill sessions. Val Sabin planning resources are now well used by all teachers.
In this way and through on going staff development, we aim to make changes to the quality of sports teaching sustainable.
Teachers have expressed greater confidence in teaching skills such as throwing and catching more systematically and have valued having coaches working alongside them to teach rules and technique.