What is the Sports Premium?
The Government provided funding for £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture and Media and Sport and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all our children; each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years – here at St Mary Magdalene this will mean around £9,149 a year.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and Sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. Examples include additional sport clubs, equipment to support PE and hiring specialist PE teachers/qualified sport coaches.
We recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
This provision is constantly under review and is monitored by the SLT and PE coordinators as part of our routine school monitoring process.
How we used this funding in 2013/2014
The school hired a qualified sports coach to provide lunchtime and after school extra-curricular clubs Monday to Friday. The coach works 20 hours a week providing curriculum support Monday to Friday working alongside teachers when teaching PE. This enables not only the children to benefit by being taught by a specialist but also the school staff. Our gifted and talented pupils also receive weekly coaching sessions.
The school is aware of national concerns over children and obesity. Through our extensive programmes of activities children are more active and encouraged to lead healthy lifestyles.
Governors are fully committed to our programme and allocate another £10,000 to cover the cost of providing this programme.
Spending for 2014/15
This remains the same as 2013/14 plus additional funding from the school budget has been provided to cover the cost of employing a qualified dance teacher/choreographer 1 day per week. Every class has an opportunity to benefit from this and the pupils really enjoy these sessions. Governors have also purchased a 17 seater school mini bus. This will enable pupils to travel to and from sporting events, festivals and competitions after school.
Greater opportunities for all.
School offers a wide range of sports clubs which are well attended. Increase of pupils attending 35% in all year groups.
Standards in the teaching of PE/Sport all improved.
Participation opportunities for different competitions/festivals/range of activities greatly improved.
Range of sports equipment has been purchased benefiting teaching and pupils including football kit & bibs, skipping ropes, bats & games.
Employ a specialist teacher to work alongside coaches and teaching staff (1 day per week)
Purchase professional development opportunities in Sport/PE through Milton Keynes School Sports Partnership.
Governors continue to match fund the PE Pupil Grant which means we have almost £20,000 to enable us to achieve the above.