PE & Sport Primary Funding

Primary Physical Education & Sport Funding

Sports Premium

At Newminster Middle School, we recognise the contribution of Physical Education and Sport to the health and well-being of our students. We believe that a personalised and varied Physical Education curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive impact on other areas in school such as attitude, concentration, behaviour and academic achievement.

Our Primary School Sport’s Funding enables us to continue to extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more sports competitions and allowing staff to access new resources and training to aid in the delivery of high quality Physical Education.

What is the Sports Premium?

The Government have provided funding of £150 million per annum since September 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and sport in the primary phase. This funding is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and the money goes directly to primary headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for their students.

The Government vision for the Premium is:

A measurable and sustained improvement in school Physical Education and sport, underpinned by high quality teaching that increases participation levels in physical activity, and leads to healthier students who are more engaged across the whole curriculum. This will be the legacy to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The vision is to be achieved through the completion of the following objectives:

  1. To improve the quality of existing PE teaching through continuing professional development in PE for generalists, so that all primary age students improve their health, skills and physical literacy, and have broader exposure to a range of sports.
  2. To increase participation levels in competitive sport and healthy activity of students, and maintain these into adolescence
  3. To increase the quality of Initial Teacher Training in PE and sport, and to promote PE specialisation in the primary level workforce
  4. Schools understand and value the benefits of high quality PE and sport, including its use as a tool for whole school improvement

Each school with over 17 primary age students are allocated £8,000 plus £5 per pupil in Years 1 to 6. Newminster has received a premium of £9,280 per year.

What should the money be spent on?

The money is ring fenced and can only be spent on Physical Education and sport provision in school. Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sports activities they offer their students, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money.

Possible uses for the funding include;

  • hiring specialist PE teachers
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
  • support and engage the least active students by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change 4 Life clubs
  • run sports competitions or increase students’ participations in the School Games
  • run sports activities with other schools.

How will we be spending the PE & Sports Funding in 2015/16?

The budget of £9,280 will be spent in the following ways;

  • £2,000 is being used to buy in the services of the Morpeth and Ponteland School Sports Partnership through a Service Level Agreement. This allows us to access training for our PE specialists, support with student leadership and access to a range of inter and intra school events.
  • Buying in the services of the Morpeth and Ponteland School Sports Partnership through the SLA also allows us to access:
      • A Partnership Manager who will lead and co-ordinate the running of the Partnership
      • Professional development opportunities in PE and sport throughout the academic year
      • Links with the Change 4 Life programme
      • Improved and developed links with local community sports clubs and National Governing Bodies
      • Entry into a number of  festivals throughout the academic year at central venues, at least one for Y5 & Y6
      • An appropriate framework of competitions
      • Age appropriate leadership training and volunteering opportunities
      • Access to additional funding & resources to compliment PE & School Sport Programme with regular Monitoring & Evaluation
      • A network & communication system within a cluster area and the whole county.
      • A high quality and professional service, tailor made to your school
      • Appropriate and relevant information to meet Ofsted criteria and School Games Mark
  • £5,000 to employ an Apprentice Sports Coach to support the PE staff in specialist delivery of PE & Sport in lesson time and extra curricular activities, before and after school.
  • £1,000 to employ external providers and sports coaches to deliver specialised sporting activities, which has included dance, cheerleading, cricket, basketball, rugby, skipping and orienteering coaches.
  • £780 for equipment, resources and repairs
  • £500 to further enhance the role of Sports Leaders including working with a Sky Sports Ambassador

What has been the impact so far of the Sports Premium?

  • Teaching and learning rated at least good with many lessons being outstanding. Students show high levels of enjoyment and engagement and behaviour is oustanding.
  • Training and support provided for PE Subject Leaders through CPD opportunities e.g ‘life without levels’ agenda, making PE inclusive, improving subject knowledge and skills in rugby and gymnastics.
  • Our Morpeth & Ponteland School Games Organiser attends Regional & National Conferences for PE and shares good practice on her return at PE Subject Leader meetings.
  • Increase in extra- curricular clubs on offer with increased uptake by students and increased number of school teams competing against other schools in the Morpeth Partnership, locally and regionally, with great success, including rowing, rugby union, football, netball, High 5 netball, dance, athletics, cross country, cricket, hockey, sportshall athletics, badminton, volleyball, basketball, orienteering, handball, lacrosse, rounders, swimming, tennis, cheerleading and skipping. Currently 80% of our students take part in a regular extra-curricular activity and all students have taken part in at least 3 PE curriculum enrichment activities (skipping, judo and basketball).
  • Increased number of community sports clubs delivering in schools including skipping, cheerleading, athletics and archery.
  • Increase of community groups using school facilities including the refurbished Sports Shed. The training shed is fully booked from 5pm every evening and the gym and hall are also used for bookings including athletics, netball, football and karate.
  • Work with Sky Sports Ambassadors who deliver assemblies to all students and work with target groups.
  • All Year 5 students have a swimming assessment and subsequent lessons to ensure that all students can swim at leas 25 metres. All Key Stage 2 students take part in our annual school swimming gala in the Summer Term.
  • All Year 5 & 6 students have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability training to develop their cycling proficiency and road safety.
  • All of our feeder schools Year 4 students take part in a transition Sports Day in the Summer Term, prior to starting at Newminster in Year 5, supported by Student Sport Leaders.
  • All Year 5 students take part in Hoops for Health and skipping workshops.
  • All Year 5 students take part in a team building day in September at Kirkley Hall to develop group skills through various sporting activities, as part of their transition programme; this also includes team building and problem solving activities.
  • Increase in Sports Leadership opportunities for all our students, to have the ability to continue to lead first school competitions within Morpeth School Sports Partnership and at the Northumberland Games, including tri golf and tennis.
  • Greater awareness from students about the dangers of obesity, smoking and other activities that undermine students’ health through DLE programmes and activities.
  • Awareness of how PE contributes to their understanding of social, spiritual, moral and cultural skills.
  • Increase in number of students representing Newminster in Morpeth & Ponteland area finals and at Northumberland Games in June 2015 and the impact of this was that we won more competitions and have developed a reputation for sporting success.
  • Greater student enjoyment and achievement in PE, as competitors and leaders, in their performances.
  • Students have high self-esteem and sense of pride for their teams. All students take part in termly house matches, earning points for their teams and feel valued.
  • Award of Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Award for the past two years, which demonstrates our commitment to ensuring high quality Physical Education and developing both competitive sports and healthy activity.

Next steps

We aspire to further increase the opportunities for all our students in sport, regardless of ability, and try to achieve this by creating a unique personalised curriculum for them all . To help to achieve this we aim to;

  • strive to achieve Gold Award for the Sainsbury’s School Games by increasing the number of  ‘C’ teams taking part in School Games competitions
  • provide opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills, learning to support each other, to plan, organise, manage and evaluate their own and others’ work
  • continue to use student voice to listen to learners and to provide some extra curricular clubs based on their suggestions, and add to our diverse range of clubs on offer
  • continue to develop strong links with local sports clubs and encourage children to take part in sport outside of school e.g Morpeth Harriers, Morpeth Rugby Club, Morpeth Tennis Club
  • continue to promote the importance of taking part in physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • develop a KS2 Health and Wllbeing Day to further provide focussed opportunities to raise awareness and understanding of physical and emotional health
  • continue to provide a healthy environment for pupils to learn, to deal with competition and how to cope with winning and losing, to abide by rules, to experience as working as a team and to develop communication and cooperation skills
  • celebrate learners’ successes regularly and make sure they feel good about themselves as a result of their participation in PE and School Sport.

More information about the Morpeth School Sports Partnership and their newsletters can be found here.