Sports Premium Funding
Following on from the success of the 2012 London Olympics the government is providing additional £150 million of funding to improve provision of 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 schools. More recently, this funding has been increased in response to the Sugar Tax. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE, sport and physical activity in schools.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE, sport and physical activity but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. We will outline below our vision for PE, sport and physical activity and how this additional funding will help with the development of this at our school.
How the funding will be spent at The Catholic School of St Gregory The Great?
At St Gregory’s the funding is being used to deliver various projects and initiatives including:
- Employing expert advice to evaluate the school’s current strengths and weaknesses in PE, sport and physical activity, and implement plans for improvement.
- Provide quality-assured professional training for staff to raise their confidence and competence in teaching PE, sport and physical activity.
- Where beneficial, using specialist PE teachers or qualified coaches to work alongside teachers in lessons to increase their subject knowledge and confidence in PE.
- Enhancing our curriculum to ensure links between PE, sport, physical activity and life skills across learning can be maximised.
- Developing opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of physical activity and competitive sports.
- Providing cover staff to release teachers for professional development in PE, sport and physical activity.
- As part of our participation in the city wide offer we will have access to competitions, and an opportunity to increase pupils’ participation in inter-house sports competitions for pupils of all ages.
- Forging links with PE teachers in local secondary schools to help primary staff improve their PE and sports provision.
- Developing young sports leaders in Key Stage 2.
- Establishing strong, sustainable partnerships with local community sports clubs where no links have been made in the past for example, Cheltenham Town FC.
- Developing sustainable improvements that truly 'inspire the next generation' to lead more active and healthy lives by using funding for training which will impact this and future generations and by genuinely looking to change lifestyles at family level through support for families and wider community.
As part of our commitment to our development of PE, sport and physical activity provision, we have committed to using a portion of our funding to join the Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network (SSN) membership. This entitles us to curriculum support, specialist coaching, access to a designated School Sport Co-ordinator, CPD opportunities for staff members, provision for our Gifted and Talented pupils and Sportsability camps for those with specific needs.
To aid with improving the competitive sport opportunities at our school the membership covers entry into the following events, many of which we already attend:
- Feet First Dance Festival (KS1/KS2)
- Olympic Multi Skills day (KS1)
- Multi Skills Festival (Foundation Stage & KS1)
- Kwik Cricket (KS2)
- Hockey League (KS2)
- Sports Hall Athletics (KS2)
- Rounders League (KS2)
- Netball League (KS2)
- Primary Schools Gala (KS2)
- Swimming Gala (KS2)