At Meldreth Primary School, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children. Our children have a minimum of 2 hours PE teaching per week as part of their curriculum entitlement and many of our children are active members of sports clubs and activities provided by our school and the wider community.
Our Primary School Sport’s Funding enables us to extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
Primary School’s Sports Funding
The Government provides all schools in England with a Sports Premium grant. The rationale behind this was to ensure that there is an Olympic legacy for sport in England. The grant has been given to schools to enhance the provision of sport and PE and comes with certain guidelines about how this money can be spent. Schools have been given the choice of how the money is spent, as each school setting has their own particular needs and areas on which they need to focus.
What is the Sports Premium?
The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn statement revealed that the Sport Premium will now be extended into the academic year 2015/2016, having originally only been guaranteed for two years. The funding, which has been available since the start of the current academic year, is allocated directly to schools.
At Meldreth Primary School we received £8,695 for this financial year (2015-16). Schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they have the freedom to choose how they do this.
What support does the school get from this funding?
- opportunities to ensure that our PE leader is up to date with PE and sport;
- access to quality staff CPD in sport and PE;
- the opportunity to take part in cluster competitions and events related to sport and PE;
- access to top-up swimming for children in Years 5 and 6;
- Bikeability courses for pupils in Year 4 and 6.
What impact has this funding had at Meldreth Primary School?
- Our teaching and delivery of PE across all year groups is supported by a Specialist Primary School PE teacher, Ms Chloe Jackson, for half a day per week, employed by and through the Comberton Academy.
- Quality professional development for our staff in PE and sports has improved the consistency of lessons across the curriculum.
- We offer a Change4Life Sports Club in our school.
- As a school, we are already seeing the positive impact of the money spent in this area.
- Our pupils have seen success in cluster sports festivals and inter school sports events and we know our children derive enormous benefit and sporting friendship opportunities from these activities.
- We train pupils as Young Sports Leaders who support play at lunchtimes.
- With the support of our funding a small team of committed parents, staff and governors worked to re-open our pool and swimming has returned to Meldreth for every child.
- Some of the money from the Sports Premium grant has been used to transport our children to and from venues in order to allow us greater access to sporting events throughout the year.
- Meldreth Primary School is now a Youth Sport Trust SILVER Partner School for its commitment to PE and school sport. Youth Sport Trust Partner Schools can demonstrate how they are delivering high quality school sport and improving the PE experience for every young person. Importantly, they are also using sport to raise achievement levels across the school.
As a partner we receive additional training and development opportunities and can become involved in national education and sport initiatives.
We are absolutely thrilled to become a Youth Sport Trust Partner School which recognises our commitment to delivering the best possible experiences for young people through PE and school sport.
There are a whole range of educational, health and wellbeing benefits from delivering high quality PE and school sport and we see on a regular basis that when sport is delivered well it can transform the lives of a whole range of pupils.
We are delighted that this money has been given to schools and feel that we are giving our children the best possible chance to access sport and PE. Without this grant many of our sports and events would not happen as our budgets are reducing in real terms each year.