In recent years, the Government has given additional funding to schools for physical education (PE) and sport. There are clear guidelines about how this money is to be used in schools. The Government expects schools “to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. It is important to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision (below) that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.”
Vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium
ALL pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
It is expected that schools will see an improvement against the following 5 key indicators:
1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
2. the profile of PE and sport being 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
We have used this funding to further improve the quality of our sports provision. In line with the guidance and key indicators listed above, we changed our provision from a sports coach model that we had used successfully in the past, to employing our own sports teacher: Mr. Probert. The sports premium money has in part, helped us towards the cost of this.
Mr. Probert teaches all classes from FS to year 6. He works closely with the teachers and support staff, to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in planning and delivering P.E. lessons. He leads some physical interventions for younger pupil such as Big Moves for FS children. He also delivers staff training each term and works alongside teachers to plan a series of lessons that they team teach and then evaluate so that our sports and P.E. provision continues to be developed and staff confidence in delivering high quality PE and sports is improved. We have developed a strong sports curriculum which ensures that the children are taught a variety of skills and specific games including: basketball, cricket, badminton, tennis, hockey, football and rugby as well as learning about fitness and the health benefits of being active.
Mr. Probert also coordinates matches and runs several school sports teams which is again, partially funded by the sports premium. He has revised our procedures for team selection for different events and details of this are available in the sports section of the website. He is also responsible for coordinating any additional sports coaches that come into school whom we are able to source with our local high school partners such as tag rugby training by the Leicester Tigers for some pupils, basketball coaching by the Leicester Riders, tennis coaching, Zumba lessons as well as hosting sports students from our local high school. The children also get at least another hour of P.E. or sports in their timetable each week where they will be doing dance, outdoor adventurous activities or gymnastics. In Years 3,4, and 5, they will have 1 term of swimming each year.
We are fortunate to have a fantastic sports facility on our school site – our sports hall is a wonderful addition to our sports provision and ensures the high-quality provision which results in high quality outcomes. The school holds an enhanced healthy school award with Healthy Schools Leicsestershire for physical activity and healthy eating and our record in competitive sport is excellent.
Here’s a list of our most recent achievements:
Boys football team – Division 1 winners, County Cup Finalist (lost final on penalties)
Girls football team- Harborough Tournament winners
Netball team – Harborough Tournament runners up
Yr 3/4 – Uni-Hoc Harborough Tournament winners
Yr 5/6 – Uni-Hoc Harborough Tournament runners up
Swimming team – Gala Winners (5th Year in a row), Area finals runners up
School – Area Sports winners (2nd year in a row)
Basketball team – Harborough tournament winners, Area finalist runners up
17/18 – Funding received £19,850
Boys Football Team – Harborough Tournament runners up
Girls Football Team – Haborough Tournament winners (twice), County finalist (twice)
Yr 3 Tag Rugby Team – Harborough Tournament Winners
Yr 3/4 – Uni-Hoc Harborough Tournament runners up
Swimming team – Gala Winners (6th Year in a row)
Yr 4 Dodge-Ball – Harborough Tournament runners up