Funding for Primary School
PE and Sports
The government is providing an extra £150 million of annual funding for the academic years of 2013 to 2014, and 2014 to 2015. The aim of this funding is to improve the Physical Education (PE) and Sports programs offered by primary schools, and is provided jointly by various governmental departments, including Education, Health and Culture, and Media and Sport. Although the funding will be allocated to primary school head teachers, it will be ‘ring fenced’ – this means it can only be spent specifically on PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, though how they do this remains their decision.
This is how Grange plans to use the funding:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
- 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
From September 2013, schools will be held to account for how they spend their additional
‘ring-fenced’ funding. Schools will also be required to include details of their provision of PE and sport on their website.
How Grange will Raise the Profile of PE Using the Sports Grant
- Using the Sports Grant however, we will be working alongside Rushmoor Sports Development to identify high-quality coaches to team up with class teachers – these coaches will work alongside teachers to help them develop professionally and provide improved PE at Grange. This will have a lasting impact on the quality of Physical Education children receive, not just in classes taken by our existing PE specialist, but via the work done by teachers throughout the whole school. We will also invest in gymnastics training for our PE leader.
- We will replenish our sporting equipment to enable pupils to experience a range of games and skills during each half term covering sports such as net ball, hockey, athletics, tag rugby, tennis, football and dance. We’re excited to improve our existing sports offering to get more children involved in traditional sports, as well as to introduce them to new ones they may never have had the opportunity to try.
- For enjoyment and increased participation in sporting activity the school will invest in provision of a dance/sport club before school. We will train our young sports leaders to lead the sessions.
- We will also relocate our adventure play equipment to the existing playground area to enable constant use during playtimes, giving the pupils more opportunity for physical activity throughout the school day.
During the summer term, a school sports day is held so pupils can develop their skills in a healthy, competitive sporting environment.