The government in England has provided funding of £150 million per annum since 2013 to provide substantial additional primary school sport funding. This funding is being continued for 2016/17 and is funded jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Head teachers to spend on improving the quality of physical education and sport for all their children.
Funding for schools is calculated by the number of primary-aged pupils (between the ages of 5 and 11) as at the annual school Census in January 2016. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged pupils will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus an additional premium of £5 per pupil.
The funding is ring-fenced and can only be spent on Physical Education and Sport provision in schools. The money has to be spent on improving the provision of Physical Education and Sport. They will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
In light of this new funding, staff at Church Aston Infant School have reviewed the sporting provision and intend to use the money to:
2016/2017 Physical Education and Sport Funding
Being part of the Telford and Wrekin Sport partnership enables groups of children throughout the school to have the opportunity to participate in sporting activities and enter competitions with/against children from other schools. Being a small school this means that children can be challenged through competition and awareness of other children’s achievements.
The Sports Premium has been used to fund the travel costs to these events which often take place in centres of excellence and encourage the children to continue with particular sports.
Scooting and cycling to school is promoted for healthy living and active lives. The Local Authority Road safety team train the children each year to scoot and cycle safely. The impact of this training encourages more children to scoot and cycle to school and each year the children at Church Aston Infant School take part in the national competition, The Big Pedal. For the last three years the school has been placed 1st in the West Midlands small schools.
Swimming is not part of the Key Stage 1 curriculum but we believe that children should be encouraged to swim from an early age. Each year the Sports Premium has been used to fund the travel and swimming coach to enable every child in school to participate in 5 sessions of swimming. The progress made by the children in this time has been tremendous and many children have continued to follow with a course of swimming lessons.
The Sports Premium is used to fund Sports Coaches to run After School Sports Clubs on four evenings. These consist of Tennis, Football, Multi-Sports and Change4Life clubs. Between 28% and 46% of the school take part in these activities.
Sports Coaches have been used to work alongside teachers for 1 hour each week and this has developed the skills of the staff.