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 headteachers 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.
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.
The PE leaders at The Discovery School have worked hard with the leadership team to develop a strategic plan for using the government’s additional sports funding to improve opportunities for the school. The plan has four key priorities:
We have carefully assessed and selected a scheme of work, called Real PE, to support teachers in teaching the Fundamental Skills to children, a big focus in the New Curriculum. The school has received training from both the company as well as the PE Subject Leaders and are continuing to develop their knowledge and skills in this area at all opportunities.
The Discovery School have begun attending an increased amount of competitions as well as varying the competitions we participate in. These have included football as we have done in previous years. Alongside football we have attended the Sportshall Athletics Competition, Leybourne Cross Country and several Netball Matches. We also have lots of exciting ideas for the future about competitions within the school and across year groups in order to give all children a chance to compete. Our provision of clubs had greatly increased since the funding, we now offer clubs such as Ballroom Dancing and Table Tennis as well as an Olympics Club and Tennis Club for KS1.
Our new scheme of work directly addresses Healthy Lifestyles in one unit each year. As well as this we strive to inspire children and since the funding we have been able to invite different athletes in to school and encourage the children to participate in exciting activities that have definitely left the children feeling enthusiastic about PE! We are currently planning for lunch time clubs, led by children and midday supervisors, that will also support the children's development in this area.
A proportion of the funding has been allocated to the development of our subject leadership. Mrs Beadle and Mrs Smith have been receiving high quality training on a regular basis. This has enabled them to support the staff in the school, provide their own training and, in turn, support the children's skills, knowledge and understanding in PE.
If you would like further information on the impact this plan is having on outcomes for the children then please contact the school.