P.E. and Sports Funding
St. Bridget’s Primary School recognises the contribution that PE and sport make to the health and well-being of pupils. We appreciate the importance of a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum along with extra-curricular activities in ensuring that pupils have positive attitudes and high standards of achievement. We aim to establish a sporting culture that enables and encourages all children to play and enjoy sport. We do this through our curriculum, the after-school clubs that we provide and by taking part in competitive sport at every opportunity. We ensure that all pupils receive a minimum of 2 hours per week, delivered by well trained and enthusiastic teachers and coaches. The Sports Premium Funding is allowing us to develop a sustainable improvement in teacher confidence and skills. Staff training opportunities are provided for teachers and senior teaching assistants and they have many opportunities to work alongside specialist coaches and teachers to observe excellent practice.
What is the School Sports Premium?
The government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is allocated directly to schools and can only be spent in this way. Schools have to use this funding to improve their provision of PE and sport but we have some freedom in deciding how we will do this. Possible uses for this funding include:
- hiring specialist PE/sport teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE/sport to improve their skills
- providing existing staff with training and resources to help them teach PE/sport more effectively
- providing cover to release teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- introducing new sports or activities that will encourage more pupils to take up sport
- running sport competitions or activities with other schools
- providing places for pupils in after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
- supporting and involving the least active pupils in accessing sport
We are committed to ensuring that all children benefit from the Sports Premium regardless of ability and that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete and access sporting facilities in the wider community. In the academic year 2016-17 we were allocated £8730. Over the academic year 2017-18 we will be allocated a total of £17,570. An overview of how this was spent last year and the resulting impact is detailed in the report below.