Although the Olympics may be a distant memory, the legacy of the London 2012 continues. To help fund Olympians of the future all primary schools have received additional PE funding for the last three academic years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16). Each school received £8000 plus an £5 per additional pupil per year to be spent on improving sport and PE provision for all pupils. Exciting news as for this academic year the funding has increased which will mean we can do so much more.
Below is a joint statement from the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport about the PE and sports premium:
“We are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. We will allocate this extra funding directly to primary headteachers.”
Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
To make the most of this opportunity we have formed an Alton partnership of 11 primary schools. As a group the Alton cluster of primary schools has decided to use part of the money to employ a PE teacher. The idea is to provide our teachers with an opportunity to work alongside a qualified PE professional to deliver high quality PE and games lessons. The PE teacher we have employed (Leo Maliphant) will work across all the schools teaching PE to provide new opportunities and ideas to pupils and teachers alike. We feel this method provides excellent training for our school to leave a lasting legacy of PE.
My role within the Alton Primary cluster is to work alongside teachers to deliver high quality PE lessons. My time will be split evenly between all 11 schools and I will teach at 9 different schools a week. Every half term I will change the schools, teachers and classes that I work with to maximise the impact I can have.
Coming from a secondary PE background I hope to use my experience and knowledge of teaching 11 to 16 year olds to further develop children in a primary context. Although I have only been teaching a few years I have had many opportunities to teach and coach in a variety of contexts not just in this country but also abroad. I will look to use all of my experience to provide and develop new exciting and challenging lessons for all in the cluster.
What are the aims for this role?
The 3 main aims of my job are:
1. To increase teachers confidence in delivering high quality PE lessons
2. To provide ideas, resources and lesson planning for teachers to use
3. To encourage teachers to share ideas and learn from each other
4. To provide new opportunities for pupils to learn both during and after school.
How has this impacted upon Binsted children?
Through our PE partnership we have been able to fund free sports activities across the school - both within school and externally. The impact of this on-going initiative is evidenced by the growing percentage of children who are attending sporting fixture - see the attachment. It has also meant that all our teachers have developed their skills and expertise by working alongside Mr Maliphant.
How is the rest of the money being used?
At Binsted we are running additional sports activities including Multi- skills, drama and football for both key stages. The range of sports provided changes each half term - last year we provided fencing, cricket, athletics.
We have provided addition 1to1 funding to enable vulnerable pupils to access paid clubs - this has impacted upon self -esteem, improved personal fitness and raised aspirations.
We currently fund two before school sports session which are open to all ages and abilities; the impact of this means that children can be physically active before school, developing gross and fine motor skills. It also helps parents and carers as it is an opportunity for them to leave their children before school for free.
We have installed a trim trail with a wide range of physical activity stations. The impact of this has meant that there is greater physical activity for all ages during break times, class activities as well as PE lessons. The trail has enabled children to take risks with their balance and coordination; helping to improve vital gross motor skills.
How do we plan to use the new money in 2017/8?
We are involved in a school and community project working with together to develop our grounds so that we can best use our space. At the heart of the workshops is the children's views and each class has a Young Governor involved in the planning process. We will plan to use some of the money to resource the new physical activity areas.
Across the school we have an increased rate of attendance at Sporting clubs:
morning fun activities
The impact of these clubs contributes to the school's zero percentage exclusion rate. Our Governor survey shows these measure contribute to the overall health and well being.
The improved physical activity supports the school's Growth mind set culture. Early internal evidence indicates that their is increased concentration after our morning activities.
This term we have added two additional before school morning sessions to promote physical activity.