PE and Sport
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years until 2020 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 - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
At Highfield Primary School we have always placed a high importance on our PE and Sport provision. We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic team of staff who not only deliver high quality teaching of PE during curriculum time, but also commit themselves to providing a wide range of opportunities for children to enjoy PE and Sport through after clubs. We continue to give our children opportunities to experience different sporting challenges as they move through the school, and to develop their talents in competitive sport.
In 2017/18, we received £18560 in PE and Sports Premium Funding. This money has been used to continue to work with Chorley School Sports Partnership. This allows a PE specialist to work alongside class teachers to deliver high quality curricular PE sessions and after school clubs. We have focused on Dance this year.
Alongside this we have employed a part time TA to specialise in PE and sport. He provides support in PE lessons and organises level 1 competitions. He also supports with the arrangements for attendance at inter school competitions and active lunchtimes.
We offer many different FREE sporting clubs to pupils. These include football, netball, dance, gymnastics, dodgeball, rounders, basketball, judo, fencing, cricket and athletics.
Our Year 3 pupils swim weekly for 1 hour and this year we have reduced the number of pupils who attend in each group to ensure they get more specialist coaching. We also will have swimming for the Year 6 pupils to ensure they meet the national curriculum expectations in the summer term.
At Highfield, we used our funding to:
- Continue our commitment to school competition through entering more competitions organised by Chorley School Sports Partnership and Chorley Council. The funding will help in providing resources and training to help prepare for competitions and in providing transport for children to attend these events.
- To purchase new materials to enhance our provision of PE throughout school, with money being spent on equipment for lunchtime activities as well as after school clubs.
- Maintain staff professional development through courses.
- Promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
- Continue our membership of Chorley School Sports Partnership (CSSP), in order to work alongside specialist PE teachers and receive support in the development of PE and Sport in our school.
- Further develop our provision of extra-curricular Sports clubs and provide opportunities for children to experience a variety of sports.
- Employ a TA to support PE and school sport
Impact of funding:
- We have already increased the number and participation of children in extra-curricular clubs with some clubs over-subscribed.
- We have continued to work alongside CSSP, which has improved the amount and range of extra-curricular clubs we can provide.
- Where specialist coaches have been used in curriculum time, our involvement with the CSSP has increased children’s attainment as well as helping to develop the skills of staff. It has also increased the number of intra- and inter-school competitions for children in all year groups.
- We have participated in, and signed up to participate in, an increasing number of competitions for a wide range of sports. This will impact on the number of children participating in sporting competition, across the school.
- We are exploring further specialist coaching opportunities in preparation for competition. This will increase pupil attainment.
- The attitude and commitment to sport in the school has increased.
- More provision for SEN children such as inclusion festivals which are held every term.