What is Sports Premium?
Sports Premium is a grant that was introduced by the Government in 2013/2014 to improve the provision of PE and Sports in school. Schools were awarded an amount dependent on the number of children on roll, and ours has previously been around £9000. Schools have to use this money to improve the PE curriculum and extracurricular sport provision, specifically for the needs of their own school. Suggestions of how the money may be spent could include:
This year 2017/2018 the funding has been substantially increased, due to the 'Sugar Tax' and we are expecting to receive approximately £18,500, split into two instalments. The government have set out five aspects in which schools need to be considering when they plan for the spending of their funding, to ensure they are working towards increasing activity levels of their pupils.
Due to the nature of its importance, PE is always a priority curriculum area on our School Development Plan. We work hard at ensuring there is good coverage, carefully thought out teaching and progression as well as improving our resources, after-school clubs and our participation in external and internal competitions and festivals. Here at Dalestorth, we have a talented bunch of Sports Specialist Teachers: Mrs Claxton, Ms Stafford and Mrs Heathcote all specialised in PE during Teacher Training at University. We also have a number of staff who have competed at high levels in sports such as: Gymnastics, Athletics, Football, Tennis and Triathlon.
Below you can see what we have spent our Sports Premium Grant on in the last few years..... and how we plan to spend out increased funding this year. We have lots of different areas we are working on to continue to improve out PE and sport, while ensuring what we do will still benefit other children in the future.
Many schools have chosen to spend their grants on hiring specialist coaches to teach their PE for them or alongside teachers. Whilst we see some benefits of this, we are proud to say we have some highly qualified and PE trained staff at our school who are able to provide good support to others, therefore as you will see we have chosen to spend the majority of our funding on improving outdoor provision and equipment in order to be able to provide the provision ourselves. That is not to say we do not see the benefit in specialist coaching and training, but rather we are good at choosing specific aspects that we cannot provide ourselves and we are hugely keen in keeping all our staff skilled and up to date in Sport and PE in case one day the funding runs out!
In addition to the Sports Premium Funding.....we do masses besides..
We have a fantastic PE and Sports Leader who ensures we are developing a full and balanced PE Curriculum. We have a secure long term plan which ensures all children are covering the correct amount of sports and skills and that it is progressive. To complement this curriculum it is ensured that all festivals and competitions are entered into in our local area and that the PE curriculum as well as school club provision ensures the children are in the best place to compete. The PE leader aligns PE lessons with extra-curricular clubs, coaching and inter and intra sports competitions and festivals.
As an example: We would make sure children would be learning and playing Tag Rugby in PE lessons, that there would be some additional Tag Rugby coaching- maybe by an external coach, that we would run an extra-curricular Tag Rugby Club and finally they would take part in the Tag Rugby festival or competition and hopefully the outcome would then therefore be positive!
-As a school we also ensure every child can swim 25m before leaving us.
-We run as many and as varied free after school clubs as we possibly can. (See our Extra-Curricular Clubs section under 'Key Information.')
-We promote physical activity at playtime and lunchtimes through our Sports Ambassadors and Playground Leaders and the provision on the playgrounds we are trying to provide: Sports, music and artistic stations.
-We promote Sports Clubs and experiences at every opportunity such as: Doncaster Rovers, Lammas, the Millbase etc and promote our successful sporting children.