In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. The funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of sport provision. Funding has been allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase children from 1st September 2013.
Our school was allocated £9,651 for the year 2015-2016. We used the funding in the following ways:
- We employed our own qualified sports coach to teach P.E to the children and to help with the physical development of our Foundation Stage children.
- We increased the number of extra-curricular sports clubs as breakfast and after school clubs which we subsidise – these include activities such as fencing, multi-sports, street dance and mini-Olympics. We employed specialist qualified sports coaches from Premier Sports to run these clubs.
- We employed a Premier Sports coach for an afternoon each week for demonstration P.E lessons as part of staff development.
- We set up sports competitions and events between schools and use funding to release staff for these events.
- We procured expert advice and quality-assured professional training from the Premier Sports specialist team.
- Our total spend exceeded the allocation. The impact has been apparent in the increasing number of children taking part in extra-curricular sports clubs and the children’s progress in P.E skills through the use of qualified sports coaches. In the last school year 344 children attended an extra curricular sports club. This was a significant increase on previous years.
We intend continue to use the funding in the same way this academic year.