What is the Sports Premium?
As an initiative to continue and progress sport and PE, the Government has spent over £450 million to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding and to improve physical education in primary schools. This was initially spread out over three academic years: 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. It has now been extended due to the positive impact it has had on schools around the UK and will continue to run from 2016-2017 up until at least 2020. 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 their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Further to this sport funding, the Government has recently proposed a new ‘sugar tax’ that will be applied from 2017. The purpose of the sugar tax is to deter people away from buying sugary drinks in a bid to increase the next generation’s health and overall wellbeing. The money raised from sugar tax will able the Government to increase the funding from 2017.
At Flushdyke School we are passionate about sport and healthy living. We have a solid, structured action plan in place to excel our already good sports lessons and clubs.
Purpose of funding
Sport funding is to be spent on improving our provision of PE and sport, but schools have had the freedom to discuss and decide how best to deploy the money over the years the premium is given.
- Possible uses for the funding could have included:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- Providing new and additional Change4Life sport clubs
- Continuing professional staff development in physical education and sport
- Hosting more competitions and increasing all pupil participation in those competitions
- Buying high quality PE and sport equipment – this could include schemes of work and/or more resources
- Providing paid for places for children to attend after school sports clubs
- Payment of a school cluster Sports Co-ordinator
- Run sports activities with other schools
How will we be initially spending the Sports funding and who will benefit?
At Flushdyke Junior & Infant School, all staff and governors agree that the money we have and will receive must be used so that:
- All children benefit, regardless of sporting ability
- All children have access to high quality PE equipment and outstanding PE teaching
- All staff will have the opportunity to develop their subject knowledge and teaching expertise
- Supporting sporting partnership with our pyramid of local schools
- Ensuring all children have active and healthy lifestyles
- Using specialist coaches to provide a structured programme of a variety of sporting activities for all pupils.
Providing places for pupils for after school sports club
Our school offers a range of after school clubs, accessed by children from Reception to Year 6. By using a variety of internal and external providers, we have also had the opportunity to offer more sporting clubs such as archery. Further to this, following staff PE development, more staff have led after school sporting events/clubs, thus increasing pupil participation at these.
Increasing participation in school sport
Flushdyke school works in partnership with all school sin EOCY (Education Ossett Community Trust) , including Ossett Academy to promote the participation in team games, in particular encouraging children to be involved in the upcoming sporting competitions within the local pyramid. Also, via keen teacher/ teaching assistant observation, any children who we feel are gifted and talented within sport will be encouraged to pursue further sporting events. Potentially this could mean funding the child to attend extra clubs or 1:1 coaching for the child to achieve their full potential. Equally, if we note any children who are not progressing in PE, we will offer them the same support and encouragement via coaching and or 1:1 sessions.
Development of staff
The leadership team will work in partnership with EOCT schools to ensure as many courses and training opportunities are promoted to all staff. The funding will also contribute towards hiring professional coaches who will lead Flushdyke staff towards becoming outstanding in their PE teaching.