We have been promised one more year of extra funding to be used on expenditure to improve the quality of PE provision in school and participation in sports, especially competitive sports.
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.
- This year at St Michael’s we have spent our money on the following:
- Purchased 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;
- Purchased new PE equipment including cones, pumps, footballs, rugby balls and hockey sticks to facilitate the effective teaching of an appropriately resourced PE curriculum;
- We have paid 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;
- The PE subject leader has had supply teaching cover 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;
- The PE subject leader has ongoing supply teaching cover 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;
- Our school has paid for the Primary Schools Package offered through Gloucester County CC and as a result Year 3 and 4 will receive professional cricket coaching leading to an inter school competition;
- We have introduced 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.
- Our school has paid for the PE Association schools sport package which includes membership of 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
- We have increased 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.
Governors will play a part in monitoring the expenditure and assessing the impact on PE provision in school.