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Additional Sports Funding

National context:

 The government is providing additional funding for academic years 2014 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Department of Education, health and Culture, Media and Sport – will be allocated to primary school Head Teachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. 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 of the funding 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
  • Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Buying quality first assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
  • Providing places for pupils on and after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
  • Pooling the additional funding with that of other schools

 At St Matthew’s……… We believe that in providing the children with a wide variety of sports, through PE lessons, clubs and enrichment weeks, we can enable every child to find an activity that suites their needs and abilities. The school has a planned programme for PE which is supported through a range of extended extracurricular activities including:

  • Extra-curricular clubs eg football, tag rugby, netball, cricket, athletics, multi skills, tennis, rounders, gymnastics and rowing
  • Inter house competitions
  • Links with local clubs – Rowing
  • County competitions and tournaments
  • Annual sports day

 The allocation for St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School is £8, 845 How have we achieved our aims using this fund? The school has prioritised actions to meet the provision for PE and Sport during 2013/ 14 and have used the additional funding to: 

To raise expectation/improve confidence and self esteem for the reluctant learners including vulnerable/ SEND pupils
  • Increased rowing provision – 2 further Concept rowers have been purchased to increase the total numbers of rowers to 6.
  • Balanceability – A programme designed to get all Foundation Stage children on a bike!
  • Cycling for KS2 – A programme designed during which safety and fun work side by side.
Ensure sustainability of all programmes through staff CPD
  • Audit of staff skills and knowledge
  • Professional Development and qualification for lead teacher in gymnastics.
  • Training sessions run in school using Gifted and talented children from a trial gymnastics club.
  • New gymnastics scheme of work purchased to support all staff through both key stages this includes support for teachers with teaching both floor work and apparatus.
  •  Swimming – ongoing training by our lead teacher has led to the purchase of books written by the ASA containing tips on how to teach each of the individual strokes. ‘70 Game Ideas’ have also been purchased to develop overall water confidence.
Provide high level challenges (fitness and competition)
  • Maintain the planned programme of inter house tournaments/ competitions (Stroud School Sports Association and individual events between local schools)
  • Rowing club to attend National competitions.
Broaden opportunities for pupils to participate in other activities
  • The whole of KS2 to visit South Cerney for the day to experience Canoeing, raft building, wind surfing and sailing.
  • A mobile climbing will be on sight for all children to experience.
  • Holiday club provision
Ensure pupils take responsibility and lead PE/ sport opportunities
  • House captain support and motivate team activities
Ensure pupils have a voice and their development remains central to the learning process.
  • Evaluations and questionnaires to determine pupils views and impact on learning
  • Shared observations to share good practice.