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:
- 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
- The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
Year 2018 - 2019
Amount Scheduled for Academic Year: £17,820 + £12,127 (carry forward)
- Outdoor playground gym equipment for KS2 to further increase the engagement of pupils in regular physical activity, which will benefit pupils joining the school in future years - £15,300
- Forest school for KS1 to increase physical activity particularly those who are reluctant to participate in additional physical activity/sports through Forest school sessions which have increased levels of activity such as walking, climbing, running, jumping, team games and wider general health promotion including healthy eating outdoors and good mental health - £3000
- Hiring of local sports Centre for increased facilities and equipment - £260
- Equipment and resources to help staff teach PE and sport more effectively - £500
- Specialist qualified sports coaches to increase confidence, knowledge and skills in the teaching of PE and sport - £3200
- Offsite activity for children in Year 5, to promote the ‘outdoor and adventurous activity challenge’ aspect of the PE curriculum - £3000
- Entry fees for sporting competitions - £200
- Run a sporting competition to increase pupils’ participation within a competitive sport against other local primary schools - £387
- 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 - £1600
Year 2017 - 2018
Amount Received (Academic Year): £17,623
Total Spent 2017/2018: £5,496
Carry Forward to 2018/2019: £12,127
Raised profile of PE/Sport
The profile of PE and sport has been raised across the school through the provision and opportunities we have provided our pupils at Downsway Primary School. In addition, we have shared this with our parents/carers via our newsletters and with all our pupils during whole school assemblies. As a result, it has acted as an additional motivator for our pupils to do well in lessons as our pupils are keen to be selected to represent Downsway at sporting competitions and opportunities. In addition, we have also;
- Purchased equipment and resources to help staff teach PE and sport more effectively – Sports kit, netball skorts, netball balls, footballs, tennis balls, etc.
- Organised a Sports and Fitness week (June 2018), which included organising our first Race for Life at Downsway, inter-house rounders competition and a competitive Sport day consisting of field and track events.
- Provided the children with lunchtime football club, which has increased to three times a week, and an additional coach for one session due to increase in numbers.
- Organised transport so that we could transport children to and from competitions/opportunities.
Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
Specialist qualified sports coaches have worked with our teachers and some teaching assistants and as a result our staff have reported that they have increased confidence and knowledge to deliver high quality PE sessions within the area they have been supported in. We have had specialist coaches in for;
- Didi Rugby sessions for Foundation Stage
- Cricket coaches in for Years 2, 4, 5 & 6
- Tennis coach in for Years 5 & 6
- Tag rugby in Years 1, 3 and 6
- Gymnastic coach for Years 2 and 4
Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
Pupils at Downsway Primary school have experienced a broader range of sports and increased number of sporting activities, which would not be possible with out the sport premium funding. These opportunities have resulted in increased pupils’ participation and include;
- Wall climbing in Year 4
- Football tournament – KS1 (organised and hosted by Downsway Primary School)
- Hockey festival – Year 6
- Triathlon – Selected pupils within KS2
- Archery – Year 2 & Year 4
These experiences are in addition to the sporting clubs we already have at Downsway Primary school, not through the Sports Premium, including;
- Street Dance
- Glee club
- Cross Country running
Increased participation in competitive sport
For Downsway’s pupils, there has been increased participation in the number of competitive matches and tournaments, including;
- Netball league matches (4 matches) – January/February 2018
- Multi Sports Festival – January 2018
- Football tournament at Denefield (2 teams) – January 2018
- High 5 Netball tournament at Denefield – January 2018
- Tag Rugby tournament at Crosfields (2 teams) – February 2018
- Cross country running competition at Crosfields – March 2018
- Cross country running competition at Newbury Showground – March 2018
- Park House Netball tournament – March 2018
- Cross country running competition at Denefield – March 2018
- Cricket competition at Denefield for Year 5 & 6 (mixed team) – May 2018
- Rounders competition at Denefield for Years 5 & 6 (mixed team) - May 2018
- Cricket competition (two teams) at Theale Cricket Club Oratory School – June 2018
- Swimming Gala at Oratory School for Year 2 – June 2018
- Athletics competition at Denefield for Year 5/6 – July 2018
- Netball match against Englefield Primary School for Year 6 – July 2018
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.
All pupils at Downsway Primary School will receive swimming lessons in Year 4. We currently use the swimming pool at The Oratory Preparatory School and qualified swimming instructors.
Schools are required to publish information on the percentage of their pupils in Year 6 who met each of the three swimming and water safety national curriculum requirements:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Downsway’s Year 6 cohort in the 2018 to 2019 academic year who met the national curriculum requirement = 75% (swimming lessons took place in Year 4)