At St Mary and St Andrew’s we believe that all children are entitled to high quality sports teaching.
We have always made a strong commitment to developing children’s sporting abilities and believe that engagement and success in such activities directly benefits not only the health of our children, but also their self-esteem which in turn boosts academic achievement.
We believe that all children can achieve success in sport and so offer a range of opportunities which include social sports clubs and opportunities for the more able to represent school in team events.
We currently offer in excess of two hours sports teaching per class per week. These lessons cover all aspects of sport on a seasonal rotation.
In addition to sports clubs offered by staff, we use the expertise of providers who offer specialist teaching in jujitsu, drama/dance, football and multi-sports. These are offered as after school clubs.
Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers 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.
Purpose of funding
Schools will 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 for 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 materials for PE/sport
- providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
- Buying additional PE and sports resources
How will St Mary and St Andrew’s be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?
The Governors, Head Teacher and PE Subject Leader agree that the focus of this year’s funding will be used so that:
- 100% of children will take part in at least 1 sports club this academic year.
- We will employ specialist coaches to raise the profile of PE and enhance CPD for teachers and TA staff.
- For staff to attend CPD courses and use planning to provide stimulating lessons which show progression through school.
- Children’s playtimes will be enhanced and they will be engaged through peer sports leaders delivering activities in zoned areas.
- We will increase the swimming provision by extending lessons to 45 minutes for year 1/2 children.
Sports funding during 2016-2017 will be spent on:
Improving quality of provision for all children in curriculum sessions and after school clubs
This year we are working with Team Theme to help strengthen the children’s skills in a range of sports, as well as provide quality CPD for staff. Historically, St Mary and St Andrew’s has achieved beyond the expectation of a small school. We believe that to sustain high standards in PE, children need to enjoy and be engaged in activities, that there is a sport in which each child can flourish and that this can be delivered through a combination of coaches and staff led clubs and PE lessons.
This year, we have carefully selected the highest quality of coaches, to help strengthen the children’s skills, in invasion games and a number of sports. These sessions will take place in curriculum time and in after school clubs.
Our school already offers a range of after school clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages 1 and 2. We aim to maximise every opportunity to enable all children to participate in after school club provision. We will use part of the funding to pay specialist coaches to come in to provide high quality coaching, to enable each child to progress at their own level. We will also continue to use the expertise of our own staff to deliver sessions in football, rugby and gymnastics.
We have also successfully attained the Sainsbury’s Games Active Silver Mark.
Development of PE resources
During the academic year 2015-16 we used the sports premium money to employ Blue Moose Dance Company into school for 12 weeks. Over this period, children took part in a range of dance styles and produced their own choreography. This culminated in a fantastic dance show for parents and grandparents at the Lancashire Schools Dance Festival at the Guild Hall. The feedback from this was that the high quality lessons gave teachers more confidence in the field of dance and the children had enjoyed the lessons and improved their skills.
Following an audit of PE equipment in the year 2014-15, we invested grant money to ensure that we had a range and breadth of equipment so that teachers had the best resources available to help deliver high quality P.E. lessons. Mrs Lovejoy attended a gymnastics course and school purchased the Key Steps to Gymnastics scheme, for both Key Stages, in line with British Gymnastics Guidelines. As PE subject leader she then led staff CPD to ensure quality and progression throughout school in gymnastics.
P.E resources are audited annually and stock is updated and replaced as required.