What is the Sports Premium?
In March 2013 the Government announced a major new funding initiative to support the delivery of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools.
This cross-government funding is provided by the Department for Education, with contributions from the Department of Health and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The PE and sport premium will provide over £150 million per year for the academic years 2013/14 through to 2015/16.
The PE and sport premium is paid directly to primary schools and can only be spent on improving the quality of PE and sport provision for all pupils.
Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per eligible pupil.
Dovelands received £10,160 for the academic year 2014/15. For 2015/16 the school received £10,387 and it is is anticipated that as a school we will receive a similar amount for 2016/17.
Purpose of the 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 sport clubs and holiday clubs.
Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on how primary schools spend their PE and Sports Premium funding.
Additionally, schools must publish details of how they spend their PE and Sports Premium funding on their website. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Dovelands.
How will we be spending the Sports Premium Funding?
We believe in a holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all children. We encourage collaboration and partnership working to enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils.
Our rationale for the use of Sports Premium funding, which the Governors have agreed, are that it must be used so that:
All children benefit regardless of sporting ability.
All children have the opportunity to compete competitively whether through intra or inter sport competition.
The most able/talented children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments against other schools.
Staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.
Every child by the end of key stage 2 can swim 25 metres.
We make effective use of collaborative and partnership working.
Teaching staff are given the subject knowledge and confidence to teach high quality PE through team teaching with PE specialist.
Children understand the importance of leading healthy active lifestyles.
With the above rationale in mind, and following the guidelines for how to spend this money the vision the school has for 2015/16 and beyond with regards to enhancing PE and School Sport is the following:
We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation. 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.
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. Assessments are made both formally and informally using our school assessment systems as well as feedback from staff and visitors to the school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE.