The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education( PE) and sport in Primary Schools. This funding- provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport is allocated to Primary School budgets. The funding must be spent on sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and Sport.
Possible uses for the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with Primary teachers when teaching PE.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional targeted Change4Life clubs.
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport.
- Providing cover to release Primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
- Running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games.
- Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs.
- Increasing the physical activity opportunities at playtimes and lunchtimes.
- Membership of the Leeds Active Schools.
- School Sports Partnership work with the Rodillian Academy.
At Carlton Primary School we already have a wide range of sports opportunity for children. We have drawn up plans to enhance our sports provision using this new additional funding from the government.
In 2017/18 we received a PE Grant of £18650.
In 2018/19 we received a PE Grant of £18700.
In 2019/20 we received a PE Grant of £18750.
Impact of recent grant funding at Carlton Primary School
- Mrs Cowan, our school sports leader, has been able to spend time with each age phase to ensure that planning, teaching and assessment of PE has a strong focus on development of skills. All teaching staff are now much more confident in the delivery of a high quality PE curriculum.
- Teachers have reported that their confidence has improved in the teaching of specific PE strands and this is evident in lesson observations.
Physical Education Lessons
- This year in July our school regained the Sainsburys School Games GOLD quality mark in recognition of our high profile PE teaching and learning. This builds on the previous 4 year’s gold awards and is down to the enormous level of participation we have seen this year from our children.
- All our children continue to receive two compulsory hours of PE each week. In addition, further development of our outdoor learning facilities means that physical learning permeates across the curriculum, children are often seen dashing through the grounds in a maths quiz activity!
- Our whole school daily Wake and Shake sessions are now led by Young Sports leaders in Year 6. The music and choreography come from the children themselves who work with the class teachers to create entertaining and challenging routines.
- New equipment has enabled the children to develop specific skills rather than focussing on a particular sport. This has been evident in striking skills with new resources for tennis, badminton and lacrosse.
- 37 out of 44 (84%) of our Y6 children last year could confidently meet the requirements of the KS2 Swimming Curriculum.
Curriculum enrichment and sporting activities
- A focused Sports Day held in July 2019 for all children across the full school included an opening ceremony in which the Olympic values were celebrated aligning with new curriculum which encompasses the whole person; positive attitudes and social development as well as being physically literate.
- School extra-curricular clubs this year have included: Football, Netball, Multi-sports, gymnastics, rugby, gymnastics, rounders and dance club for Upper Foundation Stage children.
- Alongside this, we are now proud to say that we are a Wildcats Centre, promoting female football ran by Leeds United.
- The sports premium has helped to fund coaches to make sure that every year group had access to a sports club from UFS to Y6 at some point in the year.
Inter school competitions
- Children have successfully competed in football, netball, athletics, cross country, rugby, aquathon, football and dodge-ball tournaments. Success at such events is a reflection of the whole school PE pedagogy.
- The sports premium has helped to pay for the use of mini buses to transport children to and from sporting events. This has enabled us to enter into many more events this year.
Feedback from children and parents
- Our PE Leader met with the School Council to receive feedback from their classmates who said that they loved their PE lessons and particularly enjoyed trying new activities. In response we developed a new format for Sports Day to make the event bigger with more participation from the children.
- Pupil voice has also directed the after school provision for the children, voting for rounders, gymnastics and football.
Improved Sports Grounds
- We are in negotiation with parks and countryside planning department regarding school and community joint use of a local field and fencing construction. This is a long term project.