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Primary School Sports Funding

What is the PE and Sports Premium?

The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.

The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. For Hollymount, the amount in 2013/14 is £9,250.

Purpose of funding

Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Possible uses for the funding include:

  • hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
  • paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
  • providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
  • running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
  • buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
  • providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.

How will we be spending the Sports Funding and who will benefit?

The Governors agree that the money must be used so that: all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development; swimming is subsidised in order to support all families financially.

Sports funding during 2013-2014 will be spent in the following ways:

Swimming ‘catch-up’ subsidy For Key Stage 2 Children

Swimming is part of the National   Curriculum, before children leave our school it is expected that they are   able to meet the objectives highlighted below. At Hollymount, all children go swimming lessons at Morden swimming pool for a term in each of Years 3 and 4. 

“Swimming   activities and water safety: Breadth of study. DFE PE National Curriculum.

9. Pupils should be taught to:
  a. pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
  b. swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25m
  c. use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
  d. use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills [for example, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving].”   

We aim to have all our pupils swim unaided over a distance of at least 25m so in the summer term of 2014, will be offering an additional 10 week term of swimming lessons to pupils in Years 5 & 6 who are still to meet this target.

The total cost to send a KS2 child swimming, including transport and swimming instruction is £45.00 per child. Using the school sports funding, we are able to offer swimming at a much subsidised rate of £30.00 per pupil for this group of pupils.

Specialist teaching alongside professional development

The school is using the services of the Merton Schools Sports Partnership to deliver PE lessons alongside our staff including: gymnastics, dance and football. This initiative will benefit all children from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Not only will the children benefit from being taught by a member of the MSSP staff, but our own staff will be developed through sharing good practice and assisting in the PE lessons.

Since September, teaching staff have had a half-day inset on Gymnastics and two twilight training sessions in dance. The dance specialist continues to work with EYFS, Y1 Chestnut and Y4 as a PE assistant. These year groups are using her expertise and resources to develop their confidence in teaching that area of PE. A PE assistant/football specialist is also working with all KS2 classes, supporting teachers for 6 weeks in the spring term. During the summer term, Y1 Oak and both Year 2 classes will be supported by a gymnastics specialist.

CPD for teachers

Throughout the academic year teachers and support staff will attend PE coaching courses during and outside of school time which will develop their understanding of a variety of sports throughout KS1 and KS2, therefore giving them confidence to deliver quality PE lessons. 

Providing places for pupils for after school sport clubs

Paid clubs: Target football, Back flippers, Playball Dance Club

Free – and provided by Staff and parent volunteers: tag rugby, netball, basketball, athletics, cricket, tennis.

Increasing participation in school sport

Young sports leaders – Year 5 pupils have been trained by MSSP coaches to be effective sports leaders within Hollymount. During a 6 week period the pupils have learnt the necessary skills needed to provide a range of challenging multi-skill sports to KS1 children during allocated PE lessons. Year 5 pupils have now introduced the activities twice a week during break time.

Providing opportunities for children to compete

Hollymount regularly provides opportunities for its pupils to compete in intra- and inter-school sporting events. At the end of each term every class will encourage children to compete against each other within their designated houses in the sport that they have been learning that term. House points and certificates are awarded to winning teams.

Sporting fixtures during 2013/2014 are as follows: Year 5/6 Boys Football Tournament, High 5 Netball Game Vs St Matthews, Year 5/6 Indoor Athletics Championship, Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Tournament, High 5 Netball Tournament, Year 3/4 Gymnastics Festival, Year 5/6 Quicksticks Hockey Tournament, Year 5/6 Challenge Run,  Year 3/4 Challenge Run, Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis Tournament, Year 5/6 Girls Kwik Cricket Tournament, Year 4/5/6 Swimming Gala, Year 5/6 Athletics Championship, Year 5/6 Rounders Tournament, Year 3/4 Football Tournament.