The Government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for each academic year until 2020 to provide new, substantial, primary school sport funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and Physical Education (PE) for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the 2013 school census) will receive the funding.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
1. Ensure high quality PE lessons are delivered through a relevant and inclusive curriculum.
The PE curriculum is constantly evaluated and updated there is adequate coverage in breadth and balance. The PES funding has allowed us to purchase new specialist equipment and teaching resources to include new sports, such as badminton, volleyball and handball. Members of staff receive specialist training from within the school and have close links with secondary schools to improve subject knowledge. A specialist PE apprentice has been employed to assist with curriculum lessons and after school clubs.
2. Creates more opportunities for young people to play sport.
The PES funding will continue to allow us to increase the range of provision and alternative sporting activities. In addition to an extensive extra curricular timetable, we employ five coaches from the local community to lead specialist taught after school clubs. This is further enhanced by paying for specialist equipment and buying into local sport networks to provide further opportunity. Throughout the year sports days are held, where pupils are introduced to new activities. These days have close links to the Olympic legacy and our own Olympic days leading up to an Olympic year.
3. Increase pupil opportunity to participate in non-competitive festivals and competitive fixtures within school and against other schools.
We place high importance in providing opportunity for all pupils to take part in sporting activity as part as a team. Throughout the funding cycle, since 2013, we have placed great emphasis on the Olympic values and the values of playing sport at Minterne, which we think are vital to the all round development of our pupils. Inter school house matches throughout the year, linked to curriculum lessons, provide the perfect opportunity to learn and display such values. We have invested time and money in our Change for Life Champions, who will take a leading role in these events.
4. Develop leadership roles and responsibilities for pupils.
This will be spear headed by our Change for Life Champions crew, who have been trained and have been selected as demonstrating good practice to other schools. This not only increases opportunity for participation for all year groups around the school, but also demonstrates good practice in the role. Working closely with local Heads of PE, we have devised a new PE assessment for leadership which will ensure this area is highlighted and developed within lessons. These same values will be promoted in all extracurricular trips, such as Croft Farm.
5. Create Links to Local Sports Partnerships.
We will continue the successful practice of buying into local sports partnerships, which is being led by Oasis Academy. This allows us access to high quality CPD and expert advice. The partnership also provides a whole host of non-competitive and competitive sporting opportunities each half term. We will also continue our links with Fulston Manor School, who provide taster days and leadership roles. There are also appointed club link pupils, to promote and represent their club, these include; Gore Court Hockey Club, Gillingham Football Club, Old Bordenians, Swifts Gymnastic Club, Comets Netball Club and Swale Combined Athletics Club.
6. Increase participation and success in competitive school sport.
Minterne plays a large role in organising and providing sport for the local schools in a variety of sports and will continue to do so. The PES funding allows us to pay coaches to run competitions and clubs that feed into our National School Games competitions. We look to pay for transport to fixtures and paying for resources so pupils can reach a higher level of performance. The increase of staffing, will allow a clear talent pathway from house matches, through to a range of National School Games fixtures.
7. Additional Admin time for PE staff
Cover will be employed for PE staff to have increased admin time this year to adapt to increased demands of additional clubs and events.