Every year we have an allocation of funds for the sports. This funding will continue for the foreseeable future. From the DFE website the money must be spent as follows;
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 for the funding might 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
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
- Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
The previous year at St Michael’s we have spent our money on the following:
- Equipment, such as hula hoops, for play times to encourage active and participative sport and play for all children. This supported a whole school hula hooping competition and class champions went on to compete with other schools;
- New PE equipment including cones, pumps, footballs, rugby balls and hockey sticks to facilitate the effective teaching of an appropriately resourced PE curriculum;
- Paying for two staff to become qualified to deliver Level 1 Forest Schools activities and we are using additional money to develop the appropriate areas around the school with planned Forest School sessions to take place in the Summer terms;
- Supply teacher to cover PE subject leader to monitor the standards of PE across the school and to monitor the implementation of our new scheme of work. This has ensured that there is a consistent level of PE teaching across the school which covers the national curriculum expectations through the Val Sabin scheme of work;
- Supply teacher to cover PE subject leader to attend local schools cluster meetings, to organize and run cluster competitions, to attend South Gloucestershire sporting competitions and to organize and facilitate house competitions within our school. This funding has promoted the participation of our school children in both intra (Level 1) and inter (Level 2) schools competition;
- A Primary Schools Package offered through Gloucester County CC. As a result Year 3 and 4 will receive professional cricket coaching leading to an inter school competition;
- A girls football club, paid for by the school, which has led to competitive inter schools girls football matches for the first time at St. Michael’s.
- Membership of PE Association schools sport package which includes the local schools football league, participation in the Primary Schools Swimming Gala, participation in the 2015 Festival of Youth Sport, participation in the Cross Country Championships and training in our teaching of Gymnastics across the school. This area of funding will improve the quality of our gymnastics provision within St. Michael’s and encourage a range of competitive opportunities at Level 2 which link to potential Level 3 (county level) competitions; and
- Increasing the number of terms swimming we purchase from four to six and have focused the teaching of swimming in lower key stage two, radically changing the opportunity the children have in our school to secure competent skills up to and beyond the national curriculum expectations.
This year at St Michael’s we plan to spend our money on the following:
- Two sport coaches once a week to teach sports and to train teachers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants to promote high quality learning
- Supply teachers to release the PE coordinator to monitor standards in PE, attend local meetings of other PE coordinators, attend courses and to release other teachers to attend sporting events with competitors
- Membership and attendance costs for a wide range of sporting events including, Tag rugby, cross country, netball, hockey, athletics, football, tennis, basketball and sporting festivals
- Purchase of resources for PSHE and healthy lifestyles teaching
- Resources to promote whole school sporting values
- Maintenance and renewal of sporting equipment
Governors will play a part in monitoring the expenditure and assessing the impact on PE provision in school.