The Government are spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 5 academic years 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016, 2016 to 2917 and 2017-2018. They will allocate this extra funding directly to primary headteachers.
Schools can choose how they use the funding, for example to:
- Hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers during PE lessons
- Support and involve the least active children by running after-school sports clubs and holiday clubs, e.g. the Change4Life clubs
- Provide resources and training courses in PE and sport for teachers
- Run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- Run sports activities with other schools
So far we have chosen to use our funding to:
- Fund specialist PE coaches from The Montague Sports Academy to support our sports provision and provide training for teachers
- Provide additional training for teachers to extend the range we can offer e.g. badminton training.
- Provide extra curricular sports clubs and activities e.g. Cricket and Mountain Biking
- Take part in the Stroud School Sports Partnership which allows us to take part in inter school activities.
- Fund Forest School outdoor learning opportunities for all age groups at a different location.
- Purchase sports equipment and playtime resources to encourage more active play times.
- Support Swimming activities throughout the year in set classes.
- Support adventure residential activities for children in Year 5 and Year 6 to increase physical activity.
The Impact has been:
- Teachers who are more confident in delivering good quality PE sessions.
- Increased number of pupils attending after school activity clubs.
- Children who would not normally be so active, engaging in physical activity through the extended opportunities provided.
- Increase confidence and engagement of children through outdoor learning opportunities, including development of skills in working as part of a team. This has had an impact back in the classroom.
- Increase opportunities for competitive sports.
- Children, who would not have the opportunity to learn to swim outside of school, have developed their water skills.
Future Plans include the following:
- Further develop our playground and school field to increase pupils' physical activity opportunities.
- Further increase pupils opportunities to take part in competitive sports.
- Training of our own Forest School and Outdoor learning Lead teacher.
- Release time to visit another local school to reflect on how they have promoted and developed active and outdoor learning opportunities across the curriculum.
- Promote the development of a healthy lifestyle with pupils.
- Purchase wobble bikes for our youngest pupils, including providing training and planning resource for teachers.