The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have the freedom to choose how they do this.
The majority of our funding has been used to buy in specialist sports teachers to provide additional opportunities for the children and provide professional development for staff.
The benefits of this programme include:
A PE specialist teacher spending time in school each week teaching at our school, working alongside a number of teachers to enhance the opportunity for the children and help develop the skills of our teachers.
Furthermore Miss Pullin (PE Co-ordinator) has been given the responsibility to plan and monitor developments in sports provision
- Quality monitoring of the coaching and PE teaching.
- Meeting with Up and Under sports to plan support and provision
- Needs analysis of staff
The key benefit of this programme is having a PE specialist teacher working alongside our staff. The sports teacher has been tasked with demonstrating good practice, so that a legacy can be put in place once the funding ceases. The philosophy is that the primary school teacher observes and copies the techniques shown, so that in the future the class teacher can continue to deliver high quality PE lessons. The coach is also providing us with detailed planning for future use, and has done some specific training for support staff.
Children have benefited from specialist games or dance teaching and opportunities to work alongside sports coaches to support the School . All teachers will also receive poolside training to develop their swimming teaching and also to make the maximum use of the pool which we have as a very valuable school resource.
In addition, funding has been used for specific training/courses for teachers (including the cost of supply cover when courses are during the schools day). Training has included teaching staff receiving swimming teaching support and poolside safety training.
The expectation is that these staff cascade their training to others through year team/staff meetings as appropriate.
The balance of the funding will be used towards the cost of purchasing additional resources – e.g. higher quality gym mats, basketball posts and other resources.
PE planning resources – are being developed and we are working alongside up and under sports to ensure they will help us deliver an excellent opportunity for the children
For the next academic year, we intend to continue our involvement with Up and Under sports curriculum support programme, but may include a focus on Net and wall, invasion Games/ dance teaching, depending on the audit of staff skills at the end of the year, as well as to develop planning alongside new PE curriculum.