As part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy, the government is providing primary schools with a sum of money which is specifically ring fenced for improving sport provision. It is up to the school to decide how the money is spent, however they will be held accountable for how they have raised the quality of sports provision using this money.
Initially, £450 million pounds was spent by the government (over 3 academic years: 2013-2016) to improve Physical Education (PE) in all primary schools. The funding has since continued.
Schools can choose how they use their funding, for example to:
- hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
- support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs
- provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
- run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other school
Academic Year 2018-2019
Amount received: £20,820
How funding has been spent:
- Employment of a specialist PE teacher (0.8 equivalent)
- Teaches PE/Sport sessions in all year groups & classes
- Team teaching with all class teachers
- Professional development of staff through INSET
- Funding the cost of inter and intra school sports competitions: Football, cricket, multisport events
- Funding all extra-curricular sports clubs: Throughout year - boys football, girls football, dodgeball, multi sports for KS1 children, racket sports, G&T sports
- External club providers brought in to ‘talent scout’
Impact of spending:
- All children receive high quality PE teaching
- Approx. 180 children currently attend free after school sports club
- Earlier identification of G&T sports players and sign posting to local clubs (e.g. Marlow CC, Fulham FC) – 4 children invited for trials at Fulham FC – paid transport.
- Noticeable improvements in self-esteem and confidence in certain groups of children (Learning Mentor involvement)
- ‘Elite’ sports players given realistic aspirations about future sport playing
- Children have greater awareness of how regular sport contributes to a healthy lifestyle
- Improved confidence and self-esteem for vulnerable pupils
- Those children identified as Gifted and Talented in sport receive opportunities to broaden their experience of sports through the extra curricular provision
Through a range of different techniques (e.g. demonstration lessons, modelling, Team Teaching, sharing of planning etc), teachers and other school staff who work with the specialist sports coach improve their own confidence in the delivery of P.E. & sport and their competency.
The school is committed to improving opportunities and outcomes for all children (now and into their future), as such we have always deployed our own funding to 'top up' the Sports Funding to pay for the provision we have in place.