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Sports Provision through the Sports premium at Springbank Primary Academy
At Springbank Primary Academy, we have always offered a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum and various extra-curricular sports clubs. As part of the Olympic legacy, the government has provided additional funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, with money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils (as reported in the school census) will receive the funding. Based on 310 primary aged pupils, we anticipate receiving in the region of £9,415 for the academic year Sept 2016 – August 2017.
We believe in a holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all and encourage collaboration and partnership working to make the best use of resources and enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils. As this additional funding has been used in the last two years to support this, we are going to continue to use our Sports Premium money effectively to continue encouraging participation in school. To that end, we will continue to:
• benefit all children regardless of sporting ability
• ensure the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments with other schools
• ensure staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development
• subsidise some activities so that pupils do not miss out due to financial constraints e.g. swimming
With the above rationale in mind, we have used the Sports Premium funding to:
- Employ qualified sports coaches to work alongside our staff to support teachers in their teaching of PE. This investment in the professional development of staff at our school is to ensure that they are best equipped to teach high quality Physical Education and school sport for years to come.
- Audit the PE curriculum and re-draft schemes of work to ensure a clear progression of children’s development of appropriate skills; understanding of teamwork and tactical awareness.This has been with the support of the professional coaches.
- Provide 6 additional extra-curricular sports clubs per term ensuring a range of different sports are offered for all age groups alongside staff run sports clubs
- Increase the amount of competitive sport in which our children participate - running inter-school sport competitions with our neighbouring schools, and increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games activities organised by All Saints Academy, The Cheltenham Schools Football League & Cheltenham Athletics organisations etc.
- Subsidise offsite swimming in order to ensure more able swimmers participate in swimming activities
- Purchase equipment to offer access to new sports and physical activities
As a result of our Sports Premium funding, we have managed to improve the overall impact of sport and participation in school. The attendance to after school clubs has increased considerably with increased participation. The profile of sports in school has higher, regularly celebrated in newsletters, notice boards, on the website and through social media. We have also been able to provide a far wider variety of sports in school and as after-school clubs, enabling pupils to learn and try out new skills. Although our school is situated in an area of relative disadvantage, the amount of exercise children enjoy is now in line with other schools in the county (Gloucestershire Pupil Survey 2015).
Teacher’s confidence levels and CPD has improved because of the funding, especially when teaching games lessons. This has been communicated through staff questionnaires. We continue to invest in the expertise of Isporta coaching, supporting teachers who are now delivering lessons and helping them to continue to develop planning.