What is Sports Premium Funding
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Funding is an £8000 lump sum with an additional £5.00 per child aged 5-11. Schools have flexibility on how they use the funding but it should be used to increase and improve physical education available to pupils. Development and training of staff to provide sustainable improvements is also a key focus.
The DfE have outlined potential uses of this funding, which include:
hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
running sport competitions, or increasing pupils' participation in the School Games
buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools
What does this mean for Thorney Close Primary School?
Our aim is to use the funding to ensure that every child has regular opportunities to participate in a wide range of physical learning and sporting activities and are encouraged to achieve to the best of their potential. We believe that PE and sport play a key role in developing qualities such as teamwork, perseverance, communication and self-control as well as encouraging pupils to develop healthy lifestyles whilst also promoting a lifelong participation in regular physical activity. The funding will be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in resources and equipment to further enhance the PE curriculum.
Thorney Close Primary School plans to use the Sports Premium Funding and the school budget in the following ways.