Sports premium was introduced in March 2013 by the government. It is a fund to be specifically used for the improvement of the provision of physical education and sport in Primary Schools in England. Funds have been secured for the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and has currently been extended to the end of 2016. Although the fund is specifically designed for the improvement of the provision of sports, the school has the freedom to choose how it is spent. The ultimate goal is for all students leaving primary school to have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity.
To measure the success of this fund you would expect the following indicators:
- Increased engagement of pupils in regular physical activity
- 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
Suggestions for the above indicators can be achieved by:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers
- Hiring qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- Provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
- Providing school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- Run sport competitions and increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- Run sports activities alongside other schools
So how have we spent our sports premium?
What is the fund
The government provides £8000 a year plus £5 per head to spend on PE. This is currently committed by the government until the end of the 2015/16 academic year. Smalley decided to combine their premium this with nine other cluster schools, including Heanor Gate to manage a joint fund and provide best value across the cluster. This is where OpenGate Sport was introduced.
Opengate Sport is a not for profit organisation that specialises in delivering high quality Physical Education and School Sport. They were established in 2008 and have developed a reputation for providing professional services. They offer a broad variety of high quality PE and sports coaching, which fulfils the new curriculum requirement.
They have a strong team of PE specialists that meet minimum standards of deployment:
- Recognised National Governing Body level 2 coaching certificate
- Safeguarding and protecting children certificate
- Enhanced DBS (CRB) Clearance
- Emergency First Aid Certificate
- Full Insurance Policy
Opengate Sport offers a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and after school activities, which are designed to support learning outside school hours. Their clubs engage children through participation in sport; helping develop physical literacy, increasing self-confidence, self-esteem and improve concentration, which helps develop their classroom-based learning.
Their PE specialists make sure that all clubs are inclusive and that every child has the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities. They provide extracurricular activities all year round creating opportunities for schools and children to participate in new sports throughout the sporting calendar.
What we get
As a member of the OpenGate initiative and pooling our funds with the other schools we benefit in a number of ways:
- We are allocated nine hours of coaching a week, this correlates to 1.5 days of coaching a week
- We have access to six different specialist coaches in different areas
- We have two after school clubs a week, for example
- Tag Rugby
- There are two lunch time sessions a week to help with playground sports activities and to promote additional activity
- Qualified sports coaches to work with Teachers directly – this not only helps the children learn from a specialist coach but also allows the teacher to develop CPD to then further enhance future lessons
- Junior sports leaders (year 6) – including a full day coaching experience at a sports centre where the students learn how to use equipment
- Provides consistency between the cluster schools and allows for more transparency with Heanor Gate school
- They provide foundation assessments to ensure children are able to satisfy basic sports type activities at Reception level and help develop target areas
The fund has been spent very well and we get very good value for money. We can see this in the number of children that have attended the various after school and lunch time clubs.