As a school we receive funding from Central Government based upon pupil numbers. This funding is called Sports Premium Funding and is intended to enable us as a school to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities that we offer all of our children.
As a school we believe that it is vital to engage all children irrespective of their sporting abilities and therefore we have chosen to allocate our funding based upon some key principles:
- To widen the experiences of all of our children.
- To develop a life long interest in following an active lifestyle.
- To ensure that staff have the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise to deliver high quality PE to all of our children.
It is up to us as a school to make decisions as to how we spend this funding. A significant proportion of our funding is allocated to a service level agreement with the Peterlee School Sports Partnership, which allows us as a school to draw on invaluable specialist support and coaching/training opportunities.
The Impact of Our Sports Premium Funding
Last year we were able to:
- Run a wide variety of after school sporting activities, led by specialist sports coaches and only charge children a nominal charge of £1 per session.
- Ensure that equipment was replenished where needed so that all of our children had access to a wide range of well resourced sporting experiences.
- Be an active part of the Peterlee Sports Partnership allowing a significant proportion of our children to participate successfully in sporting events and competitions, alongside other local primary schools. These included: cross country, basketball, cricket festival, KS1 and 2 swimming gala, Y1 dance festival, tag rugby festival, Y2 orienteering, mountain biking, girls' football and tennis.
- Offer a termly after school club through the Peterlee Sports Partnership- netball, gymnastics and table tennis.
- Invest in staff training and professional development to ensure high quality PE provision.
- For the whole school to be involved in 'Healthy Fun Day'. Children from Nursery through to Year 6, participated in a wide range of diverse 'healthy' activities and workshops including- American football, yoga, assault course, smoothie making and cookery, parachute games, gardening, first aid, team challenges, cheerleading, strictly first steps, rocket ball, karate and much more.
- Pay for and heavily subsidise transport to inter-school sporting festivals and competitions.
How did our children benefit?
Through Sports Premium Funding our children:
- Were active.
- Developed self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Had the opportunity to excel.
- Broadened their experiences.
- Developed co-operative skills.
- Developed a sense of belonging, participating as part of a team.
- Had pride in their work and efforts.
- Celebrated success.
- Developed sporting skills- guided by experts.
- Found new interests- which they continue to develop outside of school.
- Developed many social skills, within different contexts.
- Improved levels of health and emotional well-being.
- Handled disappointment.
To ensure children in our school are able to benefit from sport premium funding in the future both our investment in the use of Simply Sport and our School Sport Partnership allow opportunities for staff training. This training enables all staff to be confident in their delivery of physical education.