What is the Sports Premium?
The Government initially provided sports funding for primary schools of £450 million over three academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16. The funding was jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will saw the money going directly to primary school’s to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The funding continued into 2016/17 also.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. At Boothstown Methodist Primary School, this funding will equate to approximately £8,860 per year.
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have certain freedoms to choose how they do this.
What are our long term aims?
As a school we aim to;
How did we spend the £8,900 Sports Funding that we received for 2015/16?
To achieve these aims fully, greater space for physical education and sporting participation needed to be prioritized. With a capacity for 236 on roll, before and after school clubs, and the widening demand of the curriculum areas, by providing more ‘all-weather’ space, the school will be able to create a long lasting impact on PE and sport, whilst developing a physical environment that is conducive to safe, physical play, and in doing so, widen the opportunities available to children in lessons and at play times and encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles.
A previous restriction in the law had prevented us from extending the playground to create such a space. Now with recent changes to these restrictions we found ourselves in a position where we could alter the surfacing of play space (the school field) and therefore an opportunity to create additional playground space. The governing body agreed to pool together the sports fund from 2014/15 and 2015/16 to support this project. The project was completed at a cost of £32,000
Who will benefit from the Sports Funding?
All pupils will benefit from the additional play space. The Early Years pupils are able to enjoy the additional space to engage with both vehicles and ball games and have the option to choose which element of outdoor exercise they engage with.
Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils benefit from opportunities to engage in physical activities all year round and increased opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
Playground leaders has been re-instated with a specific area conducive to the activities, allowing pupils the confidence to engage in physical exercise with peers and supported by older pupils, who in turn benefit from the experience of being a coach.
What has been the impact?
Since the playground extension has been completed pupils of all ages have reaped the benefits. The playground area is large enough now to allow us to zone the spaces to ensure that children have safe access to high, medium and low intensity physical activities every day. Previously, this would not have been possible. School has purchased additional equipment, alongside the addition of such playground markings, to facilitate a variety of activities. Pupils have been very keen to use the facility and are observed daily taking part.
Certain sporting after school clubs are now possible, as the playground space is big enough to allow shared use alongside the after school club. The increased space for the after school club ensures that outdoor physical activity is a regular feature in their offer of activities..