The Primary School Sports Premium How did you spend yours?
opportunity to have fun, get fit and compete so this is an ideal use of your funding and something you should consider if you are not currently taking part.
“Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun. But quality school sport has
benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond – it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the
You would have all received and spent your first year’s PSSP (primary school sports premium) funding and should be expecting your next instalment shortly. David Cameron has now committed this funding to a longer period than the initial three years.
Four Key Objectives of the Primary PE and Sport Premium
Improve the quality of existing PE teaching through continuing professional learning in PE for generalists, so that all primary pupils improve their health, skills and physical literacy, and have broader exposure to a range of sports
· To increase participation levels in competitive sport and healthy activity of pupils, and maintain these into adolescence
· To increase the quality of initial teacher training in PE and sport, and to promote PE specialisation in primary level workforce
· Schools understand and value the benefits of high quality PE and sport, including its use as a tool for whole school improvement
character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life. It’s an important part of our long-term plan to deliver the best schools and skills for
young people. That is why I am committing to guarantee the primary school sports funding until 2020.”
(David Cameron, BBC News 06.02.14)
This is great news and really gives you the opportunity to make a real impact in primary school sport if the funding is utilised properly but it also begs the questions, how do I utilise this funding correctly? What is OFSTED looking for? What does my school need to do?
We know that many of you are now working alongside trained sport coaches and/or hiring in specialist PE teachers which in turn should be helping to make you more confident when delivering lessons. It is important to remember that when hiring a sports coach within curriculum time it should not be as a substitute for a teacher, but working alongside them. Ideally the coach should let the teacher run sessions and then offer feedback and make suggestions. In turn, the teacher should feedback to the sports coach and help them to improve their teaching skills or ‘team teach’.
We also know that a lot of you have used your funding to increase competition both within your school and for entering more school games events. The government wants this funding to give children the
Many of you have also decided to help subsidise Swimming lessons for your pupils to help them reach the minimum distance target set by the government. A lot of families do not have the disposable income to pay for additional lessons and using this funding can help solve this dilemma.
We’ve also noticed an increase in the number of after-school clubs which have been started with the new funding and I’m sure many of you are using it to try out new sports. There are a number of different sporting options out there and you may find trying something new will help engage your least active pupils (please take a look at our website for more information (www.kentsport.org/
In order to help OFSTED inspectors to make a judgement, they will expect school leaders and governors to give an evaluation of quality PE, pupils’ participation in school sport and how the funding has been used to make improvements. Inspectors will also have an increased expectation of PE lesson observations and will ask pupils their views on PE, sport and what the school does to keep them healthy and active so it is important for your schools’ leaders to be heavily involved.
Every school is different and so there is nothing set in stone to tell you what to spend your money on so it is very important to conduct an audit of current provision. Whether it is increasing competition, buying equipment, creating a more inclusive session or paying for staff to attend CPD sessions, the funding can be used in so many ways to benefit your school.
The vitally important thing is to know what is needed for your individual school first and foremost.
Ten options you
may wish to consider for Year 2
1. Self-Review (What went well? What are you missing? What could help other school issues?)
2. Create a Vision/Action Plan for your PE
3. Talk to your children and ask them what they would like to try
4. Think about joining your local schools sports partnership or hiring a PE specialist (if you don’t already).
5. Consider starting a Change4Life/Energy Club for your least active pupils
6. Work in partnership with other local schools
7. Invest in CPD for staff
8. Employ specialists to evaluate your current PE provision
9. Increase the number of after-school clubs you offer
10. Provide pupils who are gifted and talented in sport with expert, intensive coaching and support
Essential checks when hiring sports coaches
Make sure they are over the minimum age (18 Years old for paid coaches working in schools)
Check their qualifications – recommended minimum requirement for a coach or professional working in a primary school context is considered to be a UKCC level 2 coaching qualification or equivalent in the activity being delivered (therefore, if a coach has a level 2 football coaching qualification, they should not be coaching any other sport unless they have additional qualifications for the sport).
Check that they have the appropriate insurance to cover them for the duties they are going to carry out at the school
Make sure you get the coach to sign up to your policy and procedures (code of practice, equality, participant welfare, health and safety and everything that is contained with school staff inductions)
Ensure they have an appropriate DBS Check
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