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Sports Premium

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for physical education (PE) and sport provision.

Funding will be 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 1 September 2013.

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport we offer such as:

  • Developing or adding to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
  • Building capacity and capability within school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  2. The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport
Year 2017 - 2018

Amount Scheduled (Academic Year)

How will it be spent in 2017/2018?

  • Equipment and resources to help staff teach PE and sport more effectively - £1500
  • Specialist qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities - £4000
  • Offsite activity for children in Year 5, to promote the ‘outdoor and adventurous activity challenge’ aspect of the PE curriculum - £3500
  • Entry fees for sporting competitions - £200
  • Run a sporting competition to increase pupils’ participation within a competitive sport against other local primary schools – £620
  • Staff training to increase confidence, knowledge and skills in the teaching of PE and sport  - £2000
  • Active trail playground markings to increase physical activity at break & lunchtimes - £2000
  • Lunchtime sporting clubs for increased engagement of pupils in regular physical activity - £2500
  • Additional sports coaches during themed week (Health & Fitness week) to broaden the range of sporting activities which children experience - £1500
Year 2016 - 2017

Amount Received (Academic Year)

After discussion with Get Berkshire Active, we decided to spend a proportion of the 2016-17 funding (£4,805) on a climbing wall for the school grounds. The idea for a climbing wall came from pupils and had been discussed at School Council meetings. The climbing wall has enabled us to introduce a new activity which has encouraged more pupils to be active at break and lunchtimes by using this piece of equipment during those times. As this piece of equipment is permanent feature of our playing area, it will also benefit pupils joining the school in future years. The remainder of the grant was spent on an offsite activity for children in Year 5, to promote the ‘outdoor and adventurous activity challenge’ aspect of the PE curriculum.

Year 2015 - 2016

Amount Received (Academic Year)

This money was used to employ a specialist PE teacher for one and a half days a week to teach PE and sport across the whole of the school. The standard of instruction in gymnastics and dance across Key Stage 2 improved during this time and the profile of both sports was promoted. Street Dance and Gymnastics after school clubs are now attended by 30% of Downsway pupils.

The specialist teacher worked alongside staff to improve their confidence and subject knowledge and a scheme of work was produced for all year groups.

After the teacher found employment within a secondary school setting, the school decided not to re-employ a PE specialist but to use the remaining Sports Premium Grant to help promote a greater range of sports, including offsite activities.

Year 2014 - 2015

Amount Received (Academic Year)

This allocation was pooled with other schools to employ a specialist PE teacher. The specialist PE teaching has increased the range of sports taught and opportunities for children to get involved in extra-curricular sporting activities. The number of children taking part in sporting clubs has increased by 20% in comparison to 2013/14.

The support has also helped to improve the teaching of different aspects of PE, most notably gymnastics and dance. Staff confidence in these areas is continuing to increase.