Sports Funding

Funding has been allocated to all maintained and state-funded schools with primary phase pupils, including: primary, middle, special and non-maintained special schools, academies and pupil referral units from 1st September 2013.

Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of. This work will be linked to the curriculum, including visitors such as; fitness trainers, school nurse, so that it promotes an understanding of healthy lifestyles.

Examples of how this funding might be spent have been set out by the Department for Education and by Ofsted. In addition, Ofsted’s most recent physical education survey, ‘Beyond 2012 – outstanding physical education for all’, identified a number of common weaknesses and set out a series of recommendations for the improvement of PE in primary schools. Further guidance for schools, including case studies of good practice is available on the Department for Education website.

We have been allocated £13,270 for the period September 2017 to August 2018.

The funding will be used to:

  • Offer all children the opportunity to be instructed by specialist sports coaches.
  • Provide opportunities for our children to compete in sporting events with other local primary and infant schools.
  • Continue to provide quality-assured professional training in order to further improve teaching and learning in PE.
  • Provide a range of after school and lunchtime sports clubs, led by specialist sports coaches to allow children to experience a variety of different sports, including fitness and multi-skills. By partaking in various adult led playground games, children develop both social skills and an awareness of how to stay fit and healthy.
  • Purchase quality resources and equipment that enable us to provide a range of sporting opportunities in lessons, at lunchtimes and as after school clubs.
  • Training in playground games for lunchtime supervisors to enrich playtimes for all.

We currently offer after school and lunchtime clubs such as fitness, playground games, Yoga and multi-skills, which are provided by teachers and specialist sports coaches.

Northern Infant School was awarded £8,625 for the period September 2016 to August 2017. 

Part of our sport funding was used to purchase the resources required to teach Dance, Games Activities and Gymnastics in Key Stage 1.

We used a significant percentage of our sport funding to fund training opportunities for staff, procuring quality-assured professional training in order to further improve teaching and learning in PE as this will provide a legacy for all pupils. In the academic year 2016-17, our teachers received opportunities to observe high quality sports coaching in dance, games and gymnastics. The PE leader also worked alongside the specialist sports coaches to improve their subject leadership skills and knowledge.

The impact of the sports premium can be seen in:

  • Increased participation in lunchtime and after school sports clubs.
  • Improvement in the quality of teaching in PE.
  • Improvement in PE subject leader knowledge