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PE and Sport Funding

Grundisburgh Primary School’s PE and Sport Premium

The Government have been providing Sports Premium funding since 2013/14. This funding is provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and sees money coming directly into primary schools. Head teachers are to spend the money on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children within their own setting.

From 2013/14 to 2016/17 schools with more than 17 eligible pupils received the sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil for each academic year. This has been doubled in previous years. We will receive £17,690 for 2020-21, plus expenditure which was not able to take place last academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Purpose of Funding

Schools are to spend the funding on improving their provision of PE and school sport, but we have the freedom to choose how we do this.

The DfE expect all pupils leaving primary school to be physically literate and equipped with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary for them to engage in a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. They would like to see... 

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles. Primary School pupils should undertake at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, of which at least 30 minutes should be in school
  • The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

How did Grundisburgh Primary School spend the money for the 2019/20 academic year, totalling £17,630? How has it impacted upon pupils' PE, physical activity, and sport participation and attainment? 

  1. Providing opportunities for children to compete    
  • The school took part in as many tournaments as it could before Covid-19 restrictions would not allow competitions to take place and Lockdown occurred. Whilst home-schooling we encouraged out children to take part in competitive activities online whilst also using YST materials to try and compete against themselves and achieve 'Personal Bests.' 
  • We continued our successful 'Hip Hop' Dance Club before school on a Wednesday morning until Lockdown occurred, increasing it to a Thursday morning also to accommodate the growing numbers of children wishing to attend. A great wake up for the children participating and their confidence through performance has developed with other clubs being introduced with great success such as 'Martial Arts.' We usually offer a huge number of sporting clubs across the school; before school, at lunchtimes and after school too and are always looking for ways to enhance this even further to ensure children's activity levels are as high as they can be.
  • Our Dance teacher, Samantha Moss continues to inspire and allow for professional planning and dance events. We held a successful Autumn Showcase for Year 6. The dance was a medium to showcase work with a visiting artist. All children in the school had work exhibited at the exhibition too. Year 5 were due to perform at Jerwood House, an event we organise alongside 3 other schools. The dance was ready but sadly they were unable to perform to the auditorium due to Covid-19 restrictions. 
  1. Training members of staff in areas we would like to further develop
  • Further Dance training was provided. Sam Moss continues to upskill teachers planning and delivery of lessons together to enhance our creative dance throughout the school. A Teacher has been trained to deliver Badminton sessions through the use of the Racket Pack and also has access to a coach from a local sports club. This teacher then used their expertise to teach Year 1 and 3.
  • Further training was to take place in the summer term but we were unable to facilitate this. This will happen in the academic year 2020 to 2021 as soon as it can be achieved, based on Staff Audits for Professional Development.
  • The PE Subject Lead ensured that they took part in a variety of webinars related to PE and School Sport and its delivery during the closure of schools due to Covid-19 and further into the summer term once we reopened to Years R, 1 and 6 to continue upskilling themselves and their impact as a leader on School Sport and PE.
  1. Introducing new curriculum areas
  • A Fencing and Archery taster day took place. This was voted in by the PE Crew.
  1. Raising the status of PE
  • We continued to work hard on raising the status of PE and sport in Grundisburgh Primary School and we maintained our Gold School Games Award this year for the third year which we are really proud of. We need to maintain this for the next year and then we can aim for the Platinum award (COVID-19 School Games criteria allowing)
  • Our PE Crew have entered their fourth year and have been leading and managing PE in the school with the help of Miss Oakley.
  1. Improving participation in extra-curricular sports
  • In a survey undertaken, we are pleased to announce that for the academic year 2019-20 72% of KS1 children and 76% of KS2 children take part in extra-curricular sports in Grundisburgh Primary School. This survey took place before the Lockdown in March 2020 and is reflective of the work we had done up until this point. This makes a total of 75% across the whole school. We are particularly proud that the uptake in KS1 participation has risen significantly as we have been working hard to introduce new clubs. There has also been very significant increases in the number of Pupil Premium children's uptake which is now 73% across the school. The number of SEN children taking part in sporting clubs is now 86% (100% in KS1) which is a big improvement on the previous year where uptake was 69%. 

Impact of the academic year 2019/20s expenditure?

  • Standards of teaching have improved even further. Increased confidence of teachers to teach areas highlighted as needing enhancing eg. dance.
  • Greater provision of extra-curricular activities (until they had to stop due to Covid-19). 76% of KS2 pupils now participate in extra – curricular activities and 72% of KS1.
  • Greater variety of sports being taught within the curriculum. Handball, Lacrosse and Badminton have been great additions.
  • Greater participation in inter and intra school sports. More emphasis is put on the importance of this. (This was up until we were not allowed to undertake any further tournaments for the year some of which we had been working really hard towards in the few weeks running up to Lockdown. We were expecting excellent results and personal bests at the Cross Country at RHS for example).
  • Greater emphasis on PE in general; we have been awarded the Gold School Games Award for the third year in a row.
  • Improved fitness of our children; base line fitness tests show improvements made. Fitness levels have risen by about 40% given the same fitness test three years ago and continue to improve year on year.
  • The Health of our children and their participation in school sports (and indeed sports they attend outside of the school arena) continues to be monitored closely and gaps identified and closed, including monitored for vulnerable group attendance and sports pathways.
  • 95-100% of our Year 6 children were on course to meet the swimming criteria (could swim over a distance of 25m, use a range of different strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations) however final assessments were not made due to Covid-19 outbrea eg. last few lessons were missed so formal assessments did not take place.

How does Grundisburgh Primary School plan to spend the funding for the Academic year 2020/21?

- The school will continue to focus on the professional development of staff. One of the key strands of the sports funding is to develop the skills of our school staff so that the quality of PE and sport that is delivered will continue to be excellent and further enhanced. This is an area which will be the most sustainable and have the biggest impact as a lasting legacy for the school. Teachers will attend courses to upskill in areas of need. Working in this way helps to develop teacher confidence and expertise and will ensure that Grundisburgh Primary School always delivers High Quality PE Teaching. Staff will be asked in the Autumn term what areas they feel they need additional training in. An area to develop from the staff audit in March 2020 is confidence when teaching and differentiating gymnastics

- We will continue to raise participation in school competitions and will sign up for as many competitions as Covid-19 will allow. The School Games Team are providing Virtual Tournaments at present and we will ensure maximum participation to these so that all children who would like to take part have access to the competitions. We are liaising with Ali Furlong from the School Games Team regularly to ensure engagement. These are our contingencies if normal sporting tournaments and festivals cannot go ahead. Where possible we will continue to attend sporting fixtures because these are very important to us as a school but our risk assessment must allow this and COVID-19 circumstances. We enable all children to have the opportunity to represent their school and have already signed up to compete in the following; Basketball, Football and Cross Country

- Further emphasis on fitness - There will be further emphasis on fitness. Fitness will be monitored by class teachers and improved throughout the year, particularly paying attention to any children who may have been largely sedentary during lockdown even though we set regular sporting lessons / challenges and online events. All classes will be expected to continue to focus on fitness for 10 minutes a day at least, focusing on improving fitness and working towards 'Personal Bests' to motivate and encourage. 

- Enrichment opportunities - Cross – curricular learning based around events eg. Olympics which will hopefully take place in 2021. We will be looking to have an orienteering course installed in the grounds that can be used to enhance learning in different subjects across the school.

- Enhance the use of ICT within PE lessons - Having introduced more Ipads to the school, look at further ways of using ICT in lessons to enhance learning so that children can progress further - look at how this can feed into assessment of PE.

- We are focusing on upskilling all of our teachers so that progress, momentum and enjoyment in PE can continue even when there is no longer Sports Premium money being received by the school. We are confident that as a school we value PE and the impact that it has on the child as a whole and this will therefore always remain an important priority for the school. Largely our sporting clubs are run by our teaching staff or parents who are volunteering and are therefore sustainable in the long term.

- New planning documentation purchased to ensure curriculum coverage and use of language and vocabulary is standardised across the school. 

- Encourage more children to walk and cycle to school (during a survey undertaken during academic year 2019-20 54% said they had travelled to school by car). Investigate this further at various times during the year eg. is this a genuine daily statistic? Take part in initiatives such as Walk to School week.

Please note we have carried some money over from last year's Sports Premium which will be spent by 31st March 2021. Please see Sports Premium Action Plan 2020-21 of details about how this carry over will be spent.

How are we helping children to develop a healthy, active lifestyle?

This year we will be aiming to achieve Gold Healthy Schools status and take part in the Active Lives Survey as part of this. We have achieved 'Food for Life' Silver which has included making the dining hall experience better. We also have a new Catering provider. We are now looking at enhancing our provision for cooking and growing even further and will be growing things to be used in the school kitchen. FOGs have also provided us with £1000 which has been used to provide cooking utensils including containers so that children can take meals they have made at school home. We are enhancing our healthy cooking and each class is now cooking at least once every half term, focusing on diet and skills needed to make a healthy meal. 

How will these improvements be sustainable in the future?

At Grundisburgh we are careful to plan improvements that will be sustainable in the future, being mindful that the Sports Premium will undoubtedly be ongoing forever. We ensure for example that where specialist teachers are employed, the staff are upskilled alongside these lessons so that this legacy would be able to continue, should the funding no longer be provided. We ensure that we use the Sports Premium for areas that make improvements, not just for our children now, but will be able to be utilised for years to come. This year for example we will be looking to implement more Outdoor Learning through introducing a cross-curricular Orienteering Trail. The School Games Team are also looking to introduce Orienteering Competitions so this will also have a lasting, sustainable impact. Further examples of how our improvements will be sustainable in the future are included within our detailed Sports Premium Action Plan below.

PE and Sports Premium Action Plan 2020-21

Progression of Sports since the introduction of Sports Premium

Sports Club uptake since the introduction of Sports Premium

PE Policy