The government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and can therefore only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
Funding for schools is calculated based upon the number of primary-aged pupils in the annual schools census each January. It is for schools to decide how the PE and Sport funding is spent: ‘Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this’ (DfE June 2013).
At Greenfields we have used our PE funding in a variety of ways and split the funding into three key areas, Physical Education, Healthy Lifestyles and Competitive Sport. The Sports Funding reports below give full details about how we have spent the money over the past three years:
Our school is committed to providing outstanding PE provision, both as part of the school curriculum, and through extra-curricular opportunities. We want to promote pupil health and wellbeing, and to raise standards of attainment across the curriculum. We have a PE curriculum that offers a broad range of sports; focusing on a challenge and developing skills, fitness at an individual level, raising aspirations, sportsmanship and increasing the health and life long sporting passion for all.
During 2016/17 a range of after school clubs are planned for KS1 and KS2 children in addition to Greenfields University courses such as ‘Sports Science’ designed to develop physical fitness and encourage children to develop a healthy lifestyle.
Specialist sports coaches will continue to provide high-quality PE lessons for children and also provide quality training for school staff. This is designed to continue to improve standards in PE, increase participation in physical activity and also increase enjoyment for pupils.
Staff trained as specialist coaches will continue to provide sports coaching after school and at lunchtimes to encourage active participation in a range of games activities and also to be able to coach lunchtime staff, leading to higher levels of activity for all of our children.
During the Summer term the PE leader and sports coaches work with children in Y5 to train them as Sports Leaders. Following the training, these children then support others at playtime and lunchtime to participate in a range of sporting activities. They will continue to do this as they move into Y6.
We see PE as a vital part of school where children can use and develop their social, adventurous and resilient learning muscles in a fun and engaging manner. We therefore have invested our funding in opportunities that are sustainable and will benefit children at this school in many years to come.