What is the Sports Premium?
The government has provided funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding was jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, and Media and Sport. The money went directly to primary schools for 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 school.
Swimming Subsidy for Key Stage 2 Children
Swimming is part of the National Curriculum, before children leave our school it is expected that they are able to meet the objectives highlighted below. At Christ the King, all children go swimming each year throughout their time in KS2. The children are taught 5 sessions each year at Thornaby swimming baths,
“Swimming activities and water safety: Breadth of study DFE, PE National Curriculum,
Pupils should be taught to: A) Pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival. B) Swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25m. C) Use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back. D) Use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills. (For example, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving.)”
The total cost to send all KS2 children swimming, including transport, swimming instructors, insurance and entrance fee is around £3072. There will be 131 children in KS2 this academic year, therefore the cost per child would have been £25, using the school sports funding, we are able to offer swimming at a much subsided rate of £10 per pupil, the equivalent of £2 per child, per session.
Hiring Qualified Sports Coaches to Work Alongside Teachers when Teaching PE
The school has hired the services of Simon Carson (a coaching company who already delivers some of our before and after school clubs) to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff – including: invasion games, gymnastics, striking and fielding games and orienteering. This initiative will benefit all children from Year 3 to Year 6. Each term the coach will work with a different key stage, attending every Thursday throughout this academic year. Not only will the children benefit from being taught by a member of the Simon Carson staff, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in PE lessons. We also have engaged in the service of Glen Smith, a qualified gymnastics coach, every Friday for KS2. Steve Butler also comes into our school to teach Year 5 and Year 6 basketball.
Providing Places for Pupils for After School Clubs
Our school already offers a range of before and 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. We will also be hosting a weekly table tennis club, purposefully to engage new players and beginners, as well as more advanced clubs to allow children who are more able to play against quality opposition whilst developing their skill to a higher level. We will be using the Sports Funding to offer free places to these table tennis clubs.
Increasing Participation in School Sport
As well as using Simon Carson to deliver high quality PE lessons alongside the class teacher, they will also deliver a weekly lunchtime sports club. Again, this initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6; each term the coach will work with a different key stage. The lunchtime club may involve learning a new sport, or improving in a familiar sport, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment! The coach will also be used to prepare children for tournaments, offering specialist training to support: “Team Christ the King!”
Hiring a Specialist PE Teacher
In partnership with St Patrick’s College and the other primary schools within our cluster, the Sports Funding will pay for services of a PE specialist. For half-a-day each week, South Craven will supply a PE teacher to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff including: invasion games, gymnastic, dance and striking and fielding games. The teacher will coach with a different key stage each term. Again, not only will the children benefit from being taught by a PE teacher, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in PE lessons.
Providing Opportunities for Children to Compete
Again, in partnership with St. Patrick’s College and the other primary schools within our cluster, the Sports Funding will pay for the services of a school sports coordinator. Their role will be to arrange tournaments and fixtures between the cluster primaries, whilst offering exit routes for our more gifted children, allowing them to compete against other children at a higher level. In the past the school has represented the Diocese, and we feel it is important that children who are more able in sport are given the chance to participate against others of similar ability and potential.
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:
- 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 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 assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport.
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
How will we be Spending the Sports Funding
and who will Benefit?
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; swimming is subsided in order to support all families financially.
CHRIST THE KING P.E AND SPORTS GRANT:
The first instalment of the PE and Sports Grant 2013-14 was paid in two instalments, the first in October 2013 and the second in April 2014. The full year grant had been calculated as a lump sum of £8,000 per school, together with a payment of £5 per 5-11 year old pupil (as at January 2013 Census). This is different to the previous notification from the EFA which indicated £7,535 as the lump sum. The payments made in October were not amended however, the second instalment was adjusted to reflect the increase in the lump sum.