What is the Sports Funding?
Sports funding was introduced by the Government in September 2013. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in developing Physical Education in Schools and build an ‘Olympic Legacy’. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year – at Fonthill that will mean around £9,000 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools
Purpose of the funding
Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this. It's important that we use this money wisely, especially as the majority of the PE support we previously received from secondary schools has ceased. We will continue to place a high priority on our PE provision and, as such, have invested in additional coaching and resources to further enhance the PE curriculum and extra – curricular sports after schools clubs. Our Sports Funding allocation will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing more sports practitioners, entering into more competitive sports competitions and by training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
At Fonthill the funding is being used in the following ways
- The hiring of a qualified sports coach to work with children enables us to provide high quality P.E. enabling all our children to experience and take part in opportunities promoting participation in physical education and competitive sport.
- Each PE lesson is differentiated with a focus on the teaching and learning of specific skills. Assessment is a part of each lesson.
- Children report that they are greatly enjoying their PE lessons and are keen to take part in more sports, such as sports clubs after school.
- Professional development for our teachers ensures high quality PE provision. Our school PE leader works in conjunction with the Sports Coach to support teachers in identifying areas of PE to focus on. Each teacher then has the opportunity to work alongside our sports coach and PE leader to improve their teaching of this area of PE in our bid to make high quality PE truly sustainable.
- Teachers report increased confidence in the teaching of PE. As a result teachers now offer sports clubs and are entering competitions in football, netball and running.
- Sports coaches are leading on developing upper KS2 children as 'Play Leaders' to increase engagement in games at playtimes.
- All children are assessed in PE at the end of every unit to identify strengths and areas of development
- Sporting activities and skill development are also now a regular feature on our playgrounds at lunchtime.
- We provide extra-curricular sports activities and greater inter-school competition throughout the year.