PE & Sports Funding
Primary School’s Sports Funding
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 to 2016/17 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 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 schools. Our school is currently ensuring that this funding targets areas which will lead to clear outcomes in raising standards and opportunities in PE and school sport for all children. All schools have received a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil for the last two academic years.
Purpose of Funding
Our school has been spending the funding in various ways to improve their provision of PE & school sports and the wellbeing of pupils.
How will St Thomas of Canterbury be using the funding?
Our school has been using the funding to help provide more opportunities for children to compete in sporting activities and tournaments. Competing in different sporting activities have been provided to all students including gifted and talented children, e.g. Alexander Stadium athletics tournament- where children came overall winners as well as boy and girls winners of the event.
Professional development opportunities have been taking place to improve the standard of teaching in physical education within our school. This is continuing to take place throughout the 2016/2017 academic year.
Promoting healthy lifestyles has become a priority within the school with the help of more after school clubs being available to the children within our school. Healthy eating has become a main focus, with careful monitoring of lunchboxes and school dinners taking place regularly. Children have been split into nurture groups throughout the school so the children have onus on the importance of a healthy nutritional diet.
Opportunities have been made available to all pupils,especially for pupil premium children who are gifted and talented, to work with secondary schools and outside agencies to enhance sporting capabilities. The children had the opportunity to attend a gymnastics fitness centre to improve gymnastic skills.
From monitoring the children that have been attending the various after school clubs available to students 2014-2015 it is evident that:
- 67% of pupils attending Choir club are Pupil Premium
- 56% of pupils attending Football & Rounders club are Pupil Premium
- 43% of pupils attending Dance club are Pupil Premium
- 22% of pupils attending KS1 Multi-skills club are Pupil Premium
- 42% of pupils attending KS2 Gymnastics club are Pupil Premium