In March 2013 the government announced a major new funding initiative to support the delivery of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is provided by the Department for Education, with contributions from the Department of Health and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The premium will provide over £150 million per year for the academic years 2013-14 and 2015-16. The premium is paid directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced to spend on improving the quality of PE and sport provision for all pupils. In 2013-14, all primary schools in England with 17 or more primary-aged pupils received a lump sum of at least £8,000.
Now into our second Year of funding, Peterbrook Primary School has decided to spend its money with the intention of furthering the involvement of all children to take part in some form of Physical Education and sport at school.
Firstly, we have invested in the fit4schools team, who provide a wide range of differentiated fitness programmes for ALL the children in the classes from Reception up to Year 6. These fitness programmes allow for all the children to practise fitness exercises over the school week. The children also take part in fitness tests four times a year, with the intention of improving their test scores each time.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the fit4schools activities and all work hard to at their individual programmes to improve their scores during the tests periods. Physical Education and sport is all about giving every child an opportunity to take part and this investment has allowed our school to provide this, whilst being able to show how the children’s fitness levels have also improved.
Overall Class Improvement Report for Peterbrook Primary:
This shows the breakdown of all 5 test activities that the children have taken part in over the most recent 5 weeks of fitness tests:
Test 1 Test 2 Test 3 Test 4 Test 5 Overall Progress
Overall Total 38359 43685 44528 44403 44336 +27.43%
The fit4schools team also provide a variety of lessons to the children across the school, which have included Physical Literacy in Year 1 and 2, Rugby Sessions for Year 6 and fitness sessions with Years 5 and 6. The support for teachers is also invaluable, as this is a chance for teachers to gain some CPD by observing lessons and team teaching some of the activities.
£1680 per test based on £4 per child
40hrs curriculum support @ £30 = £1200
Plus 20hrs to help with the fit4schools programme to be used to suit the school needs.
Secondly, we have used some of the funding to join up to the South Solihull School Sports Package. This opportunity allows for our school to enter many sporting competitions throughout the school year. These have included Netball, Football, Athletics, Basketball, Chance 2 Shine Cricket Festivals and Cross Country events.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed these opportunities, which have allowed for them to take part in fun, yet competitive sport.
Being a member of the Solihull Sports Package has also allowed the PE Coordinator and other staff from our school to attend training days to develop as PE teachers and coordinators for the school. This benefits the children in many ways, which include allowing them to take part in more engaging PE lessons and in more competitive sport.
Finally, the school have chosen to spend money on purchasing new equipment for the school. We have funded new netball posts, football goals, basketballs, footballs and netballs. Without this equipment, the school would not be able to take part in sporting events against other schools and PE lessons would not be as engaging as they are. This equipment has been very positive for the school and the children taking part in both the lessons and extra-curricular school sport.