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.
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.
The PE and Sport Premium provides ring fenced money to primary school head teachers to make additional and sustained improvements to the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.
The Department for Education recently announced a significant increase in funding:
All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport
To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools. We would expect indicators of such improvement to include:
What impact has this funding had at Meldreth Primary 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.