PE & Sport Premium
What is the PE & Sports Premium?
Since 2013-14 the government has provided money to support PE and Sport in primary schools. The funding is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and goes directly to primary schools for head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school receives £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil (aged 5+) each year. At Eldwick that means £9,815 a year (2015-16). The money can only be spent on areas that will enhance the basic sport and PE provision in school.
Purpose of the funding
Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have the freedom to choose how they do this.
However the government has made some suggestions
(these are the main ones):
- 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 teaching resource materials for PE/sport
- Providing places for targeted pupils in after school sport clubs or residential visits.
At Eldwick Primary School.
We recognise the contribution of PE and sport to the health and well-being of the children. We feel we already have a strong extra-curricular sports provision and that our families engage their children in a range of community based sports sessions. We know we have active children with largely healthy lifestyles and we recognise that this has an impact on the concentration, attitudes, social skills and academic achievements of our children. We therefore cannot spend our funding on these areas.
What it will be spent on at Eldwick Primary School
We have decided to use most of our funding to up-skill class teachers in the delivery of high quality PE lessons.
Since September 2013 the money has enabled Mrs Haggar (a long serving member of staff and a PE specialist) to be released for 6 hours a week in order to support class teachers to deliver high quality PE lessons. This work is ongoing because new staff join us and others change year groups every academic year. It started in September 2013 and will continue until at least July 2017
Why did we decide to spend the money in this way?
- We believe that physical literacy (learning to move and moving to learn) is a vital part of educating the whole child.
- We believe that class teachers are the best people to teach this, particularly in the younger year groups.
- We recognised that there were inconsistencies between classes in the amount and quality of PE being taught.
- We recognised that many teachers found it difficult to adapt their PE teaching in adverse weather conditions or when they could not use the hall, and as a result quite a number of PE lessons were lost.
- We wanted teachers to deliver dance and gymnastic work in more creative ways.
- We wanted to ensure children developed an understanding of generic team games so that those who did not experience traditional team games in the community (eg. Football) were able to “close the gap”.
- We wanted children to develop social skills through team working, by taking responsibility for others and applying rules fairly. And that this would impact on playground behaviours.
The impact on teaching (to Easter 2016)
At Eldwick there is now a general buzz and an open dialogue between colleagues regarding their delivery of PE lessons. Our staff are no longer afraid to ask for advice and are happy to share ideas and success. Our PE coordinator is now our PE mentor! She has also learned a lot from working with class teachers, particularly in KS1, and has been able to pass these ideas on. Where SCITT students have strong sports coaching skills she has quality assessed these and identified weaker areas they need to address.
In particular we have seen:
- At least 4 teachers in LKS2 improving their Games teaching through an understanding of the principles of games.
- An NQT in Year 5 becoming confident in teaching specific team games by using a Sport Education approach.
- Year 6 boys engaging in dance because their male teacher has been given the skills to teach it.
- Our music specialist combining her musical skills with an understanding of the Principles of Movement to create dance lessons.
- At least 5 teachers in KS1 and Y3 becoming more confident in teaching educational gymnastics and in particular in using apparatus in more creative ways.
- 5 teachers in KS1 delivering more focused teaching of ball skills and implementing simple competitive team games in their lessons.
- The majority of class teachers using a structured approach to teaching athletic activities using in school teaching resources based upon our successful Sports Day formats.
The impact on learning
The children have benefitted because:
- They have clearer expectation that PE lessons are a vehicle for learning
- Fewer PE lessons are missed, less children ask to be excused PE (those that need to are better managed) and it is very rare that children persistently fail to bring PE kit.
- In gymnastics and dance children show greater independence, creativity and collaborative skills (often from Year 1!)
- In Games children transfer generic skills and principles from one game to another and older children can adapt to new games (eg Y6 Handball) or design their own games. KS2 children are better able to work with others to sustain play independently.
- Year 5 have shown improvements in playground behaviour by using “half pitch” games.
- The less able/SEN children enjoy PE more and feel more included.
Aims for 2016
- To gain the Association of PE Quality Mark at Silver or Gold
- To up-skill new to school, NQT teachers and those who switch year groups in September 2016
- To build up the PE mentoring of students within the Bradford Birth to 19 SCITT