Sports Premium Funding
The Government has provided funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013-2016 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and sees money going directly to primary school Headteachers 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 each year - here at St. Patrick’s that will mean approximately £10,300 per year.
Purpose of the funding
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.
Areas for development
During the academic year 2015-2016, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School plans to spend our funding on the following areas, in order of priority:
Employment of experienced and qualified sports coaches
Children who attend clubs and those who are less active will benefit from professional coaches leading lessons and clubs for them. We will measure the impact of this from attendance at clubs and overall amount of time children spend being active.
Updating and expanding PE and sports equipment
After consultation with staff and children, we aim to buy new equipment that will continue to aid high quality teaching and support a more sustainable PE curriculum for the future.
Assessing Pupil Progress
Teachers will be given the opportunity to assess the progress that individual children make when competing in any form of sporting activity, whether that be during curriculum time or as part of out of hours learning. Teachers will use assessments in the format of ‘B Squared’ which is an assessment scheme which is supported and ran throughout the whole school.
Continuous Professional Development opportunities for staff
Teachers and Teaching Assistants will be offered a vast array of CPD opportunities to expand their lesson repertoire and develop new ideas for their curriculum lessons. CPD opportunities are crucial in an Outstanding school that wishes to continue moving forwards and improving. Learning and teaching is monitored by the PE Subject Leader on a regular basis to celebrate our strengths and address any weaknesses.
Specialist opportunities to inspire
We believe that children will lead healthy lives now, and in the future, if they are inspired and have a genuine understanding of the importance of eating healthily and staying active. We would like to provide the children with visitors and trips that will engage and motivate them to lead healthy lifestyles.
Supporting talented athletes
We are fortunate to have pupils in our school who are on pathways to regional and national success in a variety of sports. At St. Patrick’s, we aim to support these athletes with their time, school-work and equipment/transport, which would not be possible without funding from the school. This support is essential as we are a GOLD mark school and has led to several pupils achieving further success.
Change for Life programme
In the new year, a programme for those who are less active, or not as involved as others in our sports provision will begin. During CfL sessions, we aim to teach the children that activity can be fun and inclusive. Our sports sessions will aim to improve their cardiovascular health and teach them about healthy living. Hopefully we can inspire them to find an activity they feel enthusiastic about and encourage them to become lifelong learners in healthy eating and movement.
Additional information about how are we spending our money
At St. Patrick’s, we recognise the significant contribution of PE to the health and well-being of all children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children. Therefore, the money that we have received from the Government will be spent in the following ways for 2015-2016 Academic Year:
Membership to School Sport Partnership (SSP) with Christ the King Catholic High School and the local Catholic primary schools in our area.
Professional Ballet choreographer to teach Key Stage 1 pupils throughout the academic year whilst providing CPD opportunities for class teachers.
A range of highly qualified sports coaches including; Tennis, Hockey, Tag-Rugby and Football for children in Key Stage 2 whilst providing CPD opportunities for class teachers.
Developing community links with local sports clubs within our area including; North Meols Tennis Club, Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club, Southport Rugby Club, KGV College (Sports Department), Formby Hockey Club and Southport Swimming Association.
CPD opportunities for all members of staff in the form of courses and meetings.