Sports Funding to Primary Schools
The Government is providing funding to improve the physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
The purpose of this funding is to create and maintain a high quality environment for the delivery and participation of physical education. The route can be decided by each individual school to suit their personal requirements school. Longevity of spending decisions is key, the funding should lead to improved and increased provision for current cohorts, as well as those in years to come.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
The role of PE co-ordinator at Bitterne Manor is developing this year. We have chosen as a school to remove our place in the Sport’s Solent SLA. This frees up the premium money to employ a PE specialist for the school.
The school receives 2 payments over the financial year, academically this results in a payment of £9050. This money is being used to pay the salary of the PE specialist employed at the school.
We are using our specialist to create pathways that are:
As a subject specialist we have created a timetable to allow our PE Lead to be flexible within her role. This will enable staff to be supported in their lessons where required, or to team teach and watch good practice if necessary. Our NQT’s and university students will be supported by the PE Lead to access top ups to their training and the children will benefit from additional adult support in their lessons. This has included:
• Quality first teaching supported and demonstrated across the school.
• Updated schemes of work including knowledge from Real PE training undertaken and curriculum links with the Hampshire PE Specialist School.
• New timetable organised to support teaching of aesthetic subjects. This includes the schools good practitioners being able to move around year groups to help when necessary.
• The acceptance and mentoring of a primary PGCE PE specialist trainee to join the school for her teaching placements.
• Teachers having high quality PE lessons planned for them to maximise lesson time.
This flexible arrangement also enables us to take part in more competitive activities and festivals that are sometimes restrictive as a small school. We have struggled in the past to have a free member of staff available to accommodate local events. It allows us to create opportunities for children to take part in competition that may not usually be the first selected.
At lunchtimes and throughout the wider curriculum the PE Lead is tasked with targeting certain groups of children and certain times of the day. Our lunch breaks for example provide plenty of opportunity to focus on small group work, gifted and talented children, or even encouraging children into an activity that they haven’t tried before.
KS1 already work well with targeted groups and finding new ways to support established programmes is a key area for development to ensure the whole KS1 team are confident in the delivery of enriching activities.
The purchase of new equipment was selected by the PE lead to provide activity opportunities at break and lunchtimes. 5 new outdoor basketball posts, varying heights and sizes for different key stages. Table tennis equipment for wet play and indoor activities. Balance bikes for year R.
The PE Lead is developing a blend of new and existing lessons to improve teaching and resources for all children now and in the future. Visits to other schools and establishments are already bearing fruit for our future curriculum. A new emphasis in to blocking parts of the timetable has been introduced this term. This means in more aesthetic activities the children don’t have to remember week on week where they got to. The blocking system enables an intense and sustained subject plan that children follow over the course of a day culminating in a performance at the end of the allotted time slot.
Dance days, many of the children found this exciting and a memorable way to complete a whole unit of work based on their topic area.
The outside community is another key area that we would like to develop as a school. Within a single form entry setting children are often only playing or competing with their narrow peer group. It is important that where possible we do our best to promote local club links to all of our students. An active lifestyle is something we care about at school and anything that helps children increase exercise levels outside of school will certainly be beneficial.