What is the Sports Premium?
The Government has provided funding of £150 million per annum since 2013 to ‘provide new, substantial 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 headteachers 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 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 sport clubs and holiday clubs.
How will Clifford Bridge Academy be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?
At our school, we believe that the money must be used to benefit all children. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to represent their school regardless of their sporting ability. We also believe those with a higher level of confidence should be challenged at signposted towards competitive sport. The staff at Clifford Bridge Academy will have access to training opportunities and continued professional development which will have a positive impact on our PE offering in the future.
How will we measure the impact?
We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping arrangements. We will look at how well we use our Sport Premium to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of. We will also assess the impact of lunchtimes clubs against behaviour and engagement levels. Measuring the impact of the activities provided with sports premium funding can be achieved in different ways. We will look at progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and out of school. Also, we will evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE through teacher feedback, observations and from speaking to pupils.