In April 2013 the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport. Ofsted state that this funding should be used to ‘improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision’. Each school will receive a lump sum of £4,00.00 per plus an additional £11.25 per pupil.
Based on pupil numbers taken from the January Census; King’s Sutton Primary Academy amounts to a total of £8,700 for the academic year 2016/17. At this moment in time we are unclear as to whether the funding will be allocated to us for the academic year 2017-18.
Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increased participation in PE and sport, so that all children develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Some examples of how the funding can be spent are as follows:
paying the most effective teachers an enhanced allowance to lead improvements in PE and school sport and provide staff training on how to teach PE well
employing specialist PE teachers or qualified coaches to work alongside teachers in lessons to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE
employing a specialist teacher or providing professional development for staff to lead after-school sports clubs for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs
providing cover staff to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport
procuring quality-assured professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE and sport
paying staff or external sports coaches to run competitions, or to increase pupils’ participation in national school games competitions
quality assuring the work of sports coaches and instructors employed to coach in PE lessons and after-school sports clubs
buying into existing local sports networks such as school sport partnerships or community sports coaching initiatives
pooling funding with other local schools to employ a specialist teacher to train existing teachers and teach PE across a cluster of schools
pooling funding to employ qualified teaching assistants to provide regular sports tournaments, festivals and competitions for pupils of all ages
employing expert advice to evaluate the school’s current strengths and weaknesses in PE and sport, and implement plans for improvement
providing places for pupils in after-school sport clubs and holiday courses
engaging the least active pupils in after school activities, for example ‘Change4Life’ after school clubs
providing high-quality training for volunteers, parents and carers, governors and adults other than teachers to run sports teams, after school clubs and assist in organising large school sports events
providing training and payment for midday supervisors to introduce playground games at breaks and lunchtimes
employing a local coach to provide weekly after-school sport on the school site and at the local club in the evenings, weekends and school holidays
forging links with PE teachers in local secondary schools to help primary staff improve their PE and sports provision
establishing strong, sustainable partnerships with local community sports clubs where no links have been made in the past
establishing a house system to enable regular, inter-house sports competitions for pupils of all ages
paying for transport, pool hire and instruction to provide additional swimming lessons for those pupils unable to swim by the end of Year 6
in small, rural or city schools with limited indoor space for PE, paying for transport and access to indoor leisure facilities for weekly PE lessons
providing extra, additional activities such as outdoor and adventurous activities
introducing new initiatives such as basic movement skills in the Early Years Foundation Stage, or developing young sports leaders in Key Stage 2
purchasing specialist equipment and teaching resources to develop a non-traditional activity such as rhythmic gymnastics or a new sport such as competitive cycling
providing pupils who are gifted and talented in sport with expert, intensive coaching and support.
Research into PE at King’s Sutton Primary Academy:
In order to best decide how to allocate the funding to raise standards of PE at the school a number of research methods have been used to assess the current provision of PE. These methods included staff questionnaires, a ‘Pupil Voice’ survey, meetings with School Sports Development Officers and discussions with other PE specialists from the Cluster.
Results of staff survey/discussions:
The issues raised in the staff survey were combined with both formal and informal discussions about the provision of PE in the school. From this the following areas have been identified:
Points 1, 2, 3, and 4 fall under the guidance for the sports funding and address current weaknesses identified by Ofsted in the provision for PE in primary schools.
There were a number of aims of the PE survey:
Discovering pupil’s feelings about PE lessons and after school clubs.
Identifying areas for improvement of the school’s PE provision, including new sports pupils would like to take part in and intra-school competition.
Providing a baseline from which the impact of the funding can be assessed.
How pupils currently felt about PE in school
Out of the 92 pupils assessed 90% enjoyed PE lessons. Nearly all the comments were positive, ‘I love PE it’s my favourite subject. It is so fun’. 70% of the children found the challenge in PE ‘about right’, 25% said that it was ‘too easy’ and 5% found lessons ‘too hard’.
How PE lessons could be improved in school
When asked about how PE lessons could be improved in school a consistent trend was that pupils wanted to do a wider range of sports, or specific sports, such as archery, tennis or basketball.
Numbers of children attending after school clubs
Currently only 40% of the pupils surveyed attend an after school club. This is an issue which needs addressing to meet the Ofsted criteria. When offered a range of after school clubs there was more interest, with new sports such as dodgeball, table-tennis, archery, handball and dance being as or more popular than traditional sports.
Intra-school school competitions
70% of pupils wanted more intra-school competitions. Reasons given for this were:
It allows pupils to show off their sporting skills;
Pupils find them ‘fun’;
They only have a competition at the end of the year;
It would be ‘more of a challenge’
Areas for improvement
According to the results of the survey the following areas need to be addressed using the funding:
Introducing a wider range of sports to the school curriculum.
Increasing the range sports on offer in after-school clubs.
Improving the provision of equipment used in PE lessons.
Increasing the opportunities for intra-school competition.
Aims of the sports funding this academic year:
The aims of the sports funding for the 16/17 academic year are to improve the provision for PE in school. In order to do this the funding must be used in three areas:
To improve the provision of equipment and resources for delivering lessons and sports.
To increase participation in lessons and improve the provision of clubs, inter and intra-school competitions.
To improve teachers confidence in delivering and assessing high quality PE.
How the sports funding will meet these aims and the Ofsted criteria for good and outstanding PE in schools is outlined in the attached document. There is also a breakdown of resources and costs, so it is clear to see how the funding is being spent.
With the sports funding only currently being guaranteed for the next two years, as a school we need to think carefully about the sustainability of the funding and how it will improve provision for PE not just over the next two years, but well into the future. By investing in high quality resources and equipment now, we can make sure that the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision is improved both in the short term, and for the foreseeable future. It will also mean that the funding for the academic year 2015/16 can be invested in other areas to improve PE.
The funding for 2017/18 will be allocated differently. Some areas already identified are:
Subsidising after school clubs for sport.
Continuing to develop intra-school competitions.
Releasing teachers for further professional development and to monitor the effectiveness of PE teaching in school.
Employing specialist coaches to work with teachers in delivering PE.
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