Sports Premium Funding- Explanation
Schools receive P.E and Sports Premium Funding based on the number of pupils in Years 1 to Year 6.
The DFE publish a spreadsheet showing the breakdown of P.E and Sports Premium funding for the academic year.
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil.
How to use the P.E and Sports Premium
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the P.E and sport activities they offer their pupils, but are free to choose the best way of using the money.
e.g hiring of specialist teachers, hire of qualified sports coaches to work with teachers, provide staff with teaching resources to help teach P.E and sport, run sports competitions, run sports activities with other schools, provide opportunities for the least active children.
Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on how primary schools spend their P.E and Sports Premium Funding.
Additionally, schools must publish details of how they spend their P.E and Sports Premium on the school website.
In the school year 2015/2016 we used much of our Sports Premium funding to allow us to set up a Forest Schools Programme to enable all children in Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two to access regular outdoor Forest Schools sessions that promote a love of physical activity, the outdoors and healthy lifestyles.
We know from research that regular time outdoors in a green space can offer a number of important health benefits including improved physical health, mental health and emotional wellbing. Forest Schools will also be good value for money in that it costs very little to run in the long term after initial set up.
We have spent money training two members of staff as a Level 3 Forest School Practitioners: The trained members of staff will run sessions each week, all year round both on site and in the woodland surrounding Linacre Reservoirs. The Forest School sessions will be for everyone but will target the least active children and those with poor self-esteem who generally are reluctant to participate in additional physical activity or sports offered in the school curriculum. The Forest School sessions include building self-confidence, self-esteem, co-operation and increasing levels of activity through – walking, climbing, running, jumping, team games and wider general health promotion including healthy eating outdoors and good mental health.
In the following years (at very little additional cost aside from transport) we will continue to offer sessions and plan to offer an after school programme in the form of a Forest School Club involving children and families from the community who may not be motivated by traditional sport or outdoor physical activity.
In addition to this we will continue to spend money keeping our sports resources and equipment up to date and providing coaching that will both up-skill teachers and motivate and inspire children.
We also ensure that we offer a range of extra curricular sporting clubs throughout the year and we enter competitions with other schools on a regular basis.
Our PE coordinator (Mr Himsworth) has undertaken an audit and sent a questionnaire to parents and pupils, in order to produce a detailed action plan showing how we will prioritise spending the funds over the next two years.
We are also part of the Brookfield cluster School Sports Partnership and we are gaining useful professional support from them, in order to ensure that the funds have a direct impact on provision and engagement in sport and therefore on children’s health and well-being.
Last year we decided to spend the money in the following ways in order to gain as much impact for the children as possible:
Provide transport to schools for sports competitions and festivals.
Provide lunchtime and after school sports clubs run by qualified coaches (free for children).
Purchase further resources to be used in P.E lessons.
Train Y5 and Y6 children as mini leaders.
Zone the play areas to allow for more sports activities during the lunchtime.
Employ a play leader to increase sports participation at lunchtime.