Primary Sports Funding

Primary sports Funding and how we make best use of it at The Marist

The Government’s sport strategy ‘Sporting Future - A New Strategy for an Active Nation’ has been published. The Strategy states that the next challenge will be securing the legacy of the Primary Sport Premium investment for future generations of pupils. Focus on swimming, cycling as well as funding. The DfE will use the reporting information required from schools to evaluate the impact of the investment, assess how to improve its sustainability and identify where further support may be needed.

Funding will continue at £150m a year until 2020. It is ring fenced funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to PE and school sport. This year we received £9,650.

For academic year 2015-16 the School has received £9,168 in Sports Premium. The school is free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

This academic year so far the funding has been used to continue the development of a sustained and sustainable improvement in the provision of sport at The Marist and ensuring that our children have access to a wide range of high quality opportunities that enhance their learning, their personal health and fitness and their enjoyment of sport. The funding was used in the following ways:

  • Continued employment of a Sports Development Assistant.
  • Provide further training opportunities for all staff and for new members of staff.
  • Qualified sports coaches to KS1 and the Early Years to improve the quality of PE provision across the whole school.
  • Continuing to develop a wide range of sports opportunities for all children through the provision of quality co-curricular clubs and coaching.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to attend and participate in county and national competitions
  • Development of inter-house competitions and increased competitive matches with neighbouring schools.
  • Replacement and purchasing of new equipment.

The intention is to create a sustained increase in the number of children in each year group that are participating in quality and competitive sports each week with or through the school.

Successes from the year:

  • Our School swimming team competed in the National Primary Schools’ Team Relay Championships in Sheffield on 18th June. Some of our sports funding was allocated to support the training and participation of our children in this National Competition. The girls’ freestyle team finishing an amazing 5th overall in the A team final. The Individual Medley team winning the B final putting them 9th overall.
  • The Marist became the 2016 winners of district sports on 30th June.
  • On 2nd July a group of swimmers from Years 3-6 took part in the district WASPS swimming gala at Pool in the park.

 

The funding was promised for three years.

Our targets were to increase sports provision and participation and to increase the quality of the provision across the school.

We invested in a new skills based PE curriculum – Real PE – which focuses on encouraging all children to explore physical and sports skills and this is delivered by class teachers who will all have attended training in using the resource to have maximum impact.

We concentrated on the development of sustainable provision of co-curricular sports activities providing a variety of sports experiences changing with the seasons. In the course of the previous academic years there have been a 4 fold increase in sports participation outside of PE lessons. In the Summer term 2013-14, 228 of the 354 children in the school were participating in a co-curricular sports club.

 

For 2014 -2015 the School received £9,168 in Sports Premium.

The funding was used in the following ways:

  • Continued employment of a Sports Development Assistant.
  • Distribution of leadership of sport across two teaching staff members, one to focus on curriculum delivery of high quality PE and the other to focus on competitive sport and introducing sustainable models of participation in a wide range of sports across the school.
  • Full introduction of Real PE across the school with all staff receiving quality CPD in the teaching and assessment of PE.
  • Introduction of qualified sports coaches to KS1 and the Early Years to improve the quality of PE provision across the whole school.
  • Continuing to develop a wide range of sports opportunities for all children through the provision of quality co-curricular clubs and coaching.
  • Development of inter-house competitions and increased competitive matches with neighbouring schools.

The intention is to create a sustained increase in the number of children in each year group that are participating in quality and competitive sports each week with or though the school.

For 2013-14 the Funding (over £8,000) was used in the following ways to ensure a sustainable impact on sports provision at The Marist:

  • Providing cover for staff Professional development in PE and sport;
  • Procuring quality-assured professional training for teachers to raise their confidence and competence in the teaching of PE and sport;
    • Staff in every year group have attended training in REAL PE our new PE curriculum which focuses on the skills of sport and physical development
  • Employing a Sports Development Assistant to run a Change4life club for our less active pupils and to organise and administer school teams and participation in tournaments and in-house competitions;
    • Mrs Liz Cunningham was appointed to help administer all our sports’ teams and clubs and has been running a very successful Change4life club after school each week
  • Providing places for pupils in after school sports clubs and holiday courses;
    • A small number of children have been supported in joining sports clubs that otherwise were not accessible to them
  • Engaging the least active pupils in after school activities, for example, Change4life (see above);
    • A very successful Change4life group has been established
  • Organising training for parents and other volunteers to run sports teams and clubs;
  • Providing training and equipment for midday supervisors to introduce playground games at lunchtime;
    • All our midday supervisors have been trained in leading play and a wide selection of new sports resources have been purchased to encourage sporting skills to be practised each lunchtime across the school.
  • Forging links with PE teachers at SJB and other secondary schools to help our staff improve their PE and sports provision;
    • We are continuing to work within our Deanery of schools to share best practice
  • Trying to create sustainable links with local clubs;
  • Developing our existing House system to enable regular sports tournaments; and
  • Providing opportunities for our gifted and talented sports pupils with expert, intensive coaching and support.
    • The school took part in the most sports competitions it has ever undertaken in 2013-14, providing our children with access to competitive sport across a wide range of sports: cross country running, athletics, netball, quiksticks hockey, tag-rugby, football, swimming. The programme for 2014 maintains the high level of participation and indeed there are additional fixtures planned
  • Developing an extensive and sustainable offer of high quality co-curricular sports clubs accessible to all.
    • Over the Spring and Summer terms 17 different sports clubs were running at The Marist offering sport opportunities across a wide range of sports to children from across the school. 228 pupils attended. This is a fourfold increase on the same time in the previous year. For the start of 2014-15 the school is able to offer 13 separate sports clubs as part of our total co-curricular offer. The range of clubs crosses all ages and a wide variety of sports and skills: running, football, fencing, table tennis, tag rugby, yoga, gymnastics, Change4life, netball and multi ball skills.

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