Primary School's Sports Funding
PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School and at least two hour sessions per week are dedicated to physical activity in the Curriculum. We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers 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.
Purpose of funding
Schools will have to spend the sport 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 include:
How will Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?
- hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
- providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
Below we show how we are spending the sports funding during 2013-2014:
Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE
The school has hired the services of 'Let's Play' and 'All for Sports', both coaching companies, who already deliver some of our after school sports clubs. They train and support our staff in the delivery of PE and games lessons. This includes the teaching of invasion games, gymnastic, striking and fielding games and orienteering. This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Not only will the children benefit from specialised teaching but also our staff will be given the opportunity to develop their teaching skills through the expertise of specially trained sport coaches.
Providing places for pupils for after school sport clubs
Our school already offers a range of after school clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages one and two. These clubs will continue to run as before, with a small fee charged by the coaches who deliver these clubs. Clubs where children attend to represent the school in competitions will be funded by the Sports Premium. Other clubs which encourage physical activity will be partially funded.
Increasing participation in school sport
During the summer term, selected children from KS2 will be trained as 'Play Leaders'. It is hoped that these children will encourage younger children to become more active and engage in sport.
We have also included our parents in sports fitness initiatives . Free Zumba sessions were offered to parents during school time. After this class, children had the opportunity to participate in a Zumba after school club followed by a Zumba session for staff.
For the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15, the Government is giving all schools a sum of money to allow them to continue to develop sports provision within school and to help schools increase pupil participation in sporting activity. This money equates to £8000 per school per year plus an additional £5 per child. For our school this means approximately £9,000 per year for the next two years