The PE and Sports Premium grant – what is it and what do we do with it?
PE and Sports Premium is an amount of money awarded to all Primary Schools to help improve the quality of the PE and sports activities offered to and available to their pupils. Whilst schools can choose what to spend their PE and Sports Premium money on, it can’t be spent on anything else other than for enhancing PE and Sport and in order that the health and wellbeing of all pupils is enhanced.
For the financial year 2016 / 2017 a grant of £9120 was awarded to our school which was the same amount as the previous year.
How we spend the money.
With St Paul’s being a relatively new building with many fine resources and space, we decide that the most effective use of the funding would be to employ a ‘sports coach’ to work alongside the teaching team, in particular with Miss Stansfield our PE subject leader.
As part of our staff team we employ Mr Ashraf who is a sports coach. Employing a sports coach of our own means that Mr Ashraf benefits from being a member of the school staff with regard to continual professional development and by being involved in all aspects of school life. We think this provides a better ‘deal’ than simply buying in a sports organisation or third party provider. As well as delivering sports and PE lessons, Mr Ashraf delivers extracurricular sports clubs and also helps to organise our involvement in inter school sports competitions such as football and netball etc.
How else do we spend the PE and Sports Premium Grant.
The whole of our funding and more besides goes towards the provision of our sports coach. However, we have again renewed our membership of the Pendle School Sports Partnership through the Pendle Leisure Trust (PLT) this year. Where practicable and suitable, this provides additional input for pupils in Years 1-6, such as netball, football, cricket, cycling, running, Tag Rugby, handball, swimming and multi sports. As mentioned above children have the opportunity to enter inter-school tournaments, compete in leagues and to enjoy participating in festivals.
We recognise the importance of sport being accessible to all; and all children, regardless of Special Educational Need or disability are wherever possible given access to the same range of sports or sporting activities - swimming in particular is given a high priority with all year 3 children and year 5 children attending swimming lessons.
Last year was a successful year for sport at St Paul’s with the following:
So whilst our PE and Sports grant is more than well spent, we believe it to be well worth it and are committed to spending more than the PE and Sports Grant provides for.
How will we maintain and sustain these improvements?
The PE and Sports Grant is not a guaranteed form of income and schools have never known if it would continue further than one or two years into the future – indeed, with school funding already being squeezed a change of government could mean that it continues to be provided, is increased or enhanced OR is scrapped overnight. However, at St Paul’s we believe it is essential that we maintain and sustain the current high standard of provision and attainment in PE. We would therefore endeavour to continue offering all that we currently offer although we acknowledge that without the PE and Sports Grant this would be difficult.
A continued renewal our membership to the Pendle School Sports Partnership (PLT) will also be paramount to maintaining the children’s enthusiasm and drive for physical education.