Information from the Department for Education website (www.gov.uk)
Most schools with pupils of primary age will receive the PE and sport premium funding in the academic year 2017 to 2018 including schools maintained by the local authority.
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in Years 1 to 6.
Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. This means they should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
For example, the funding can be used to:
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools
The funding cannot be used to:
- employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements; these should come out of the school’s core staffing budgets
- teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum including those specified for swimming
PE and Sports Funding at Northgate
In the academic year 2017-18, we will receive £10,080. For several years, we have chosen to spend our funding on a specialist teacher, Mrs Amanda Billington, who works alongside our own teaching staff for one day each week to plan, prepare and deliver our PE and sports curriculum.
The specific aims of this provision are to:
- Improve teacher skills, subject knowledge and teacher confidence in PE, especially new staff
- Develop delivery of a differentiated PE curriculum
- Raise pupils’ fitness levels and levels of physical literacy
- Support the PE subject leader with school self-review to attain accreditation for high quality PE and sports provision
- Deliver training sessions for teachers
The expected outcomes are:
- Increased confidence levels in delivering PE sessions (staff audit)
- Better performance at inter-school competitions
- Teachers more knowledgeable about differentiation using STEP
- Curriculum planning broadened to encourage children taking on leadership roles (links to Working With Others)
Our continued work to raise the quality of PE and sports provision resulted in the school gaining the Youth Sports Trust silver quality mark in 2015 and the School Games gold award in 2016.
Pupils at Northgate benefit from regular opportunities to participate in high quality sports competitions and festivals.
- All pupils take part in intra-school (level 1) competitions as a part of curriculum PE lessons and children have the opportunity to take part in differentiated class competitions at the end of a unit of work. This has helped to raise the level of challenge in our school sport. It has also been used to identify children to go forward to represent the school in sport at a local level.
- Our links with Mrs Billington and other local primary and secondary schools, provide regular opportunities for high quality inter-school (level 2) competitions in a range of areas, from netball to athletics for A-D teams.
- Each year, there are School Games days, organised in collaboration with Mrs Billington and our local secondary school. Every child competes in a variety of track and field activities against other ‘colour’ teams in the school.
- During the autumn term each year, some of our older pupils are trained as ‘Playground Leaders’ to support younger children in playing games at morning break and lunch times. Year 6 pupils also support and run our annual Sports Day, modelling the activities and guiding their younger peers.
- Selected pupils from upper KS2 are chosen to be a part of the Sports Crew who discuss their ideas in order to work towards improving PE within the school.
Summer 2017 update
All teaching staff who worked with Mrs Billington between 2016-17 were asked to comment on the impact of the service provided. 100% of returns mentioned an increase in confidence when teaching PE. Additional comments included;
- “Mrs Billington has shown me how to teach the skills required for the sport in the context of a game.”
- “I can see that playing the game, e.g. hockey, is much more important than drilling the children on the individual skills and that it is better to do mini-plenaries that focus on skills throughout the lesson.”
- “The children have really enjoyed the inter-class competitions that you have organised!”