Purpose of Funding
Schools have to spend their School Sports Grant funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for funding include, but are not limited to:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside classroom teachers when delivering PE.
- New or additional Change 4 Life sports and activity clubs.
- Paying for staff professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- Paying for cover for staff to take part in professional development opportunities linked to PE/sport.
- Running sporting competitions or increasing participation in the School Games.
- Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs or holiday clubs.
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport.
- Purchasing equipment to enhance provision in PE / sport.
Use of the School Sports Grant for 2016/17
As a school we were allocated £8555.00 for the financial year 2016/17 which was made up of an £8000.00 payment given to all schools, along with £5.00 extra per pupil on the school roll; which in our case is 111 pupils. Through consultation with pupils, parents, staff and governors it was agreed that our key priorities for 2016/17 would be:
- Achieving high quality PE through developing staff expertise and confidence in the delivery of PE/Sport.
- Increasing participation and inclusion, particularly for girls in school and identified vulnerable pupils.
- Promoting healthy, active lifestyles to raise fitness levels for all in school and encourage all pupils to take part.
- Providing competitive school sport, through improved intra and inter school sport opportunities whilst signposting the most able pupils to expert coaches and facilities.
- Developing leadership, the curriculum and subject profile.
- Contributing to pupils’ overall achievement.
- Developing partnerships with local schools, clubs and sporting organisations.
Please find below a copy of our PE Action Plan for 2016/17 which is incorporated into our School Improvement Plan:
For 2015/16 funding was used in the following ways:
Developing Staff Expertise / Developing Partnerships: £4230.00 Governors and Senior Leadership have placed a great emphasis on using funding to develop staff expertise which will then impact on the quality of provision for PE/Sport in school. The main driver for this has been working alongside six other schools in our cluster to form the Crook/Tow Law Sports Partnership Cluster. This model of working follows the previous School Sports Partnership initiative and Local Authority PE experts / School Games specialists support the cluster in providing professional development and inter school completion linked to the School Games.
Developing PE / Sport Resources: £2850.00
To support the delivery of our outdoor PE curriculum and to promote activity, games and teamwork during unstructured times in the school day; we have purchased a selection of fixed outdoor Sports equipment that supports a range of sporting activities including football, basketball, netball, cricket and team games. Purchasing these resources has proven to enrich the learning experiences of children during PE/Sport sessions and are in use continuously both during the school day and for after school provision.
Access to Sporting Activities: £1475.00
From September 2014, we have offered all after school clubs at no cost to children. We provide an extensive range of activities across the working week that are evaluated and changed every half term. We use quality assured specialist coaches and school staff to deliver after school sporting activities and have created a Change for Life Club that promotes healthy lifestyles and the importance of exercise and a balanced diet and an after school swimming club. As a result of After School Clubs being offered free of charge, there has been a significant increase in participation in sporting activities across the school. Funding has also been used to provide transport to and from inter school sporting events as part of the School Games initiative.