The below information gives details of the schools PE and Sport Premium Grant and how the funding is allocated.
What is the Sports Funding? The National Picture
Sports funding was introduced by the Government in September 2013. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in developing Physical Education in Schools and build an ‘Olympic Legacy’. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years – at St. Mary’s that will mean around £8,800 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
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. The governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It's important that we use this money wisely, especially as the majority of the PE support we previously received from secondary schools will cease. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in additional coaching and resources to further enhance the PE curriculum and extra – curricular sports after schools clubs. Our Sports Funding allocation will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing more sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and by training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
At St Mary’s the funding is being used to deliver the following projects and initiatives.
The identification and appointment of a qualified sports coach and a sports consultant has improved the PE in the school. This has enriched the curriculum and enabled all our children to experience and take part in opportunities promoting participation in physical education and competitive sport. The coaches work alongside the teachers delivering quality PE through differentiation, assessment and focused skill development.
Development of our sign-post initiative that supports children in finding access to local clubs and elite sport providers such as the Avon County Tennis Club.
We have links with local clubs and societies and ensure the continued promotion of activities and sports such as tag rugby, athletics, tennis, kwik cricket, swimming, football, netball.
We work with local cluster schools for inter-school matches and competitions.