HUNTERS BAR INFANT SCHOOL
What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million each academic year until 2020 to be shared between all Primary Schools nationally. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport. All money will be directly given to Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all children. The sport funding can be spent on sport and PE provision only and is ring fenced for this purpose.
Who receives the Sports Premium?
All state maintained secondary schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units that have primary aged pupils will receive funding.
How much money will a school receive?
Last academic year, school received £17,000
How will it be monitored?
Schools will be held accountable for how the money is spent. Ofsted will check to see if the school is using the money appropriately. Ofsted inspectors will be given new guidance on how to do this. Schools will be required to include details of their sports provision on their websites so parents can see how the funding is being used.
Purpose of the Sports Premium
Schools will spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but will have freedom to decide how they do this.
Our uses for the funding this academic year are;
- Hiring specialist PE teachers to work alongside existing teachers to improve practice.
- Training for staff to improve their skills in teaching PE and sport.
- Provide cover for teachers to access training on sport and PE.
- Buying new resources i.e. schemes of work, new equipment.
- Ensuring the learning environment is engaging for all pupils.
- Providing more/improved after school/lunchtime clubs.
- Sport taster sessions. (Introduce new sports to the children)
How will it be used at Hunters Bar Infants?
It is important to know that the funding provided must be spent in a manner that will provide sustainability once the funding ends. We must strive to provide the best sporting provision for not only our current but also our future pupils. Guidance has also been released indicating funding can roll over to the next academic year but must be ring fenced for PE and Sport provision. Therefore no quick decisions need to be made but only those that are paramount for the school and pupils. Along with 30 other Sheffield schools we have joined the Points Learning Network and an action plan has been devised and implemented for this academic year. Our key actions are;
To provide professional training in games and athletics for our staff
- Improve the learning environments (playground/school hall)
- Upgrade key equipment
- Introduce a change for life club
- Promote healthy eating and living
- Enrichment opportunities in new sports
- Join city wide athletic events
- Introduce new, exciting schemes of work in sport and PE that link to our already outstanding curriculum topics
who decides how the budget is spent?
Each school receives Sports Premium funding from the Department of Education. This money is provided to develop existing and future sports provision. We can allocate our funding into four main areas: High Quality Physical Education (P.E.), Competition, Health, and Community, depending on the needs of our pupils.
Each year our Sports Lead, Miss Saoirse O’Loughlin, works with the deputy headteacher, Mr Michael Barnes, and the head teacher, Mrs Catherine Carr to decide the most appropriate way to spend our budget so that it provides maximum benefit for the teaching and learning in our school.
Quotes from the children following the impact of sports premium funding
‘We have lots of fun learning new things and sports- it gives us lots of energy, we get to work as a team and we get to work with lots of different people too!’
‘PE is better as we are more sporty and more fit now.’
‘We do lots of different sports – we love it!’
‘I like the way that we can play lots of different sports.’
‘I like competitions we do now- we get to compete against other schools and we can make new friends.’
‘We get sporty equipment we love using and things to use at break times too!’