Sports Premium - School Sports Funding
Background Information about the funding (from the DfE website)
The government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
- Eligible schools: Funding for schools will be calculated by reference to the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11), as recorded in the annual schools census in January.
- Purpose of funding: Schools must spend the additional 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 might include:
- hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE;
- supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport;
- providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport;
- running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games;
- buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport;
- providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs;
- pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
Schools will be held to account over how they spend their additional, ring-fenced funding. Ofsted will strengthen the coverage of PE and sport within the 'Inspectors’ handbook' and supporting guidance so that both schools and inspectors know how sport and PE will be assessed in future as part of the school’s overall provision.
Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website, alongside details of their broader curriculum, so that parents can compare sports provision between schools, both within and beyond the school day.
We were delighted to hear in March 2016 that this funding will continue and will even be enhanced with a link we believe to the sugar tax cited in the budget.
Should you have any questions about any of the funding, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
How Bersted Green Primary School will use the Sports Premium Funding -
Bersted Green Primary School has been allocated money through the Sports Premium funding. Having attended conferences and meetings about how the funding would be best spent for our children it was decided that, with a growing staff, a large sum of the money should be spent on giving the children the opportunity to participate in good quality sport as well as developing the quality of P.E. teaching through carefully matched CPD (Continuing Professional Development).
We have extended links to The Regis School, so staff will now receive at least 2 terms of weekly P.E. coaching from specialist P.E teachers from The Regis. These lessons involve our staff team teaching alongside the The Regis School P.E. staff developing their knowledge and confidence in areas such as trampolining, dance, gymnastics, striking and fielding and invasion games.
Some of the funding will be spent on ensuring we can compete in competitions with local schools and beyond - by helping to fund transport costs, class cover etc Another portion of the funding will be used to help children who may not usually have the opportunity, but have shown a real flair in an area of P.E., attend a club to develop their talents, teamwork or leadership qualities e.g. gymnastics, athletics, football etc… We will also employ coaches to give children the opportunity of trying new sports.
We will continue each year to improve our provision for the future.