P.E. Funding Statement
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is continuing to provide funding of £150 million per annum each academic year, to provide primary schools with sport funding. The 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 head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years. At Red Lane that means we will have £9185 to spend on improving the PE and Games provision.
Purpose of the funding
The money is being given to schools to help them to improve the provision of PE sessions. Schools are then given the choice on what to spend it on.
Possible uses of 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 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 material for PE/sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs
What are we using the funding for?
At Red Lane Primary, our funding is currently being used to hire a qualified sports coach to enrich the learning experiences, in Games and out of school Sports Clubs, for children across both Key Stages. The Sports Coach is also increasing the opportunity for competitive sport by running extra curricular clubs (after school) that will end in a local inter-school tournament. Over the past two years we have competed in Gaelic Football, Cross Country, Netball, Football, Futsal, Goalball, Tchoukball, Tag Rugby and Athletics.
Lunchtime clubs and after school sports provision run by our sports coach provides children with sporting opportunities that wouldn’t have taken place without the funding. Many children have benefited from additional extra curricular sport during lunchtime sessions.
Furthermore, we will book extra sessions for KS2 swimming to raise the percentage of children achieving expected KS2 standards.
Teaching staff are working alongside the coach to improve the quality of curriculum PE/Games sessions that are on offer to Red Lane children.
The cost of the provision provided for our pupils is well above the amount of funding provided by the government. At Red Lane we feel a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for children to be competitive is vital in our pupil’s development. Therefore we feel it is funding well spent.