Sports Pupil Premium

Sports Pupil Premium

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum primary school sport funding. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
  • paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs.

How will we be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?

The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.

The table below shows how we intend to spend the sports funding.

Hiring qualified sports coaches to work alongside teachers when teaching PE

The school has hired the services of Community Sports Foundation (CSF), to help enhance and develop the teachers skills in delivering high quality PE. On Monday the CSF sports coach delivers PE lessons such as invasion games, striking and fielding games and orienteering. On Friday the CSF sports coach works alongside the teachers for professional development showing a terms worth of specific activities. Term 1 is dance lessons – these are modern, country and local dances (to ensure the children understand local British dances). During Term 2 & 3, CSF has been able to access a Nationally accredited Gymnastics coach to come into school to work alongside the teachers to develop their skills to ensure the highest possible outcomes for gymnastics for our children. This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Each term the coach will work with all the children in each key stage. These lessons will be taught be CSF staff, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons.

The sports premium will be used to pay for the additional sports coach on Friday’s as the staff will apply what they have learnt into teaching PE in the future. The school will continue to pay for the sports coach on Monday’s as this ensures sustainability over time.

Increasing school clubs and participation

Our school already offers a range of after-school clubs, accessed by children from Key Stages one and two. These clubs will continue to run as before, with no fee charged by school staff who run these but if an outside provider is used then a small fee will be charged.

In term 1, multi-sports, rugby and dance coaches deliver clubs where a small fee will be collected, but using Sports Funding this is substantially subsidised and a number of free or reduced cost places will be available. The football and netball team were able to purposefully engage new players and beginners, as well as a more advanced in the club to allow children who are more able to play against quality opposition whilst developing their skills to a higher level.

In term 2, multi-sports and dance coaches deliver clubs where a small fee will be collected, but using Sports Funding this is substantially subsidised and a number of free or reduced cost places will be available.

In term 3, multi-sports and the national gymnastics sports coaches deliver clubs where a small fee will be collected, but using Sports Funding this is substantially subsidised and a number of free or reduced cost places will be available.

Providing opportunities for children to compete

As part of the Loddon Cluster Schools Sports Partnership, we have used £800 of the sports premium to pay for 2 days a week for an adult to organise competitive sports between schools at an interschool Cluster level, South Norfolk and onto County Level. Their role will be to arrange tournaments and fixtures between the cluster primaries, whilst offering exit routes for our more gifted children, allowing them to compete against other children at a higher level. In the past the school has represented the Loddon Cluster, South Norfolk and won Norfolk Championships, we feel it is important that children who are more able in sport are given the chance to participate against others of a similar ability and potential. Thurton Primary school has been very successful in School sports over a number of years and welcomed the continuation of this post which was only made possible by this grant.

Sports Premium Analysis March 2017

Sports Premium Analysis March 2016

Click here for the Department of Education link to the Primary School’s Sports Funding page.