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 third 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.
We have made a great start to improving P.E. at Peterbrook this academic year, with some of the changes being:
We have decided not to carry on with the fit4schools programme here at Peterbrook; however we will be meeting with the team soon to discuss other opportunities that the company can offer us, such as after school and lunchtime clubs. This is an exciting opportunity for our school.
We have just bought in to a brand new scheme of work for the whole school from Reception – Year 6. This is the RealPE scheme and it is fantastic, as it allows the children to work focus on their stage of P.E. and not just their age level. This is great, as it allows the children to challenge themselves at their own level, as well as providing amazing, fun and engaging lessons that will develop the children’s agility, balance and coordination.
We have been able to become an enhanced member of the Solihull Sports Package, which has also allowed the PE Coordinator and other staff from our school to attend training days to develop as PE teachers, lunchtime supervisors and coordinators for the school. This benefits the children in many ways, which includes allowing them to take part in more engaging PE lessons and in more competitive sport. We have already signed up for the basketball, football, netball and cross country competitions, which will begin during the Autumn Term.
Finally (for the time being), 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 will be very positive for the school and the children taking part in both the lessons and extra-curricular school sport, especially with the introduction of our new scheme of work.