Church Of England Primary School
From September 2013 all primary schools across England have received a share of the Government £150m Primary Physical Education and Sport Premium. The funding is ring-fenced and must be spent on improving the provision and quality of PE and sport in primary schools so that pupils develop healthy lifestyles.
St. Edburg’s have received £8665 for the current academic year (2016-2017).
Each year 90% of this funding is spent on our annual affiliation to North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership (NOSSP). This affiliation gives St. Edburg’s access to regular expert advice from a secondary PE specialist, weekly in-school support for teachers from specialist PE mentors, quality assured professional development training for teachers and teaching assistants, occasional input and support from qualified sports coaches, access to regular sports competitions and festivals including national School Games competitions, support with the development and delivery of primary Change4Life sports clubs and evaluation tools to help measure and monitor progress and impact.
NOSSP affiliation also provides automatic full primary membership to Youth Sport Trust and a range of additional benefits and support including the Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark. We are really proud to say that St. Edburg's has been awarded a BRONZE School Games Mark and a SILVER Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark for the 2016/17 academic year. These awards are a reflection of the fantastic sports we do at St. Edburg's and we are really pleased that the dedication of children and staff has been recognised.
For a copy of our agreement with North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership please click here. Last year, the remaining 10% of the PE and Sport Premium was spent last year on skipping workshops and Ignite Sports after school and lunchtime clubs. This year we have begun to use the remaining 10% of our funding to replenish our PE equipment as well as purchasing workshops to give our children sports and coaching experiences that they may not have otherwise had - such as Mike Mullen’s BMX workshop for years 5 & 6, which was a huge hit!
The Sport Premium funding has so far had a positive impact upon our children in a variety of ways. Children’s participation in curriculum P.E. has increased and they are eager to learn new skills and games. This in turn has increased participation in schools sports clubs and school games. For the past three academic years staff have been working with our P.E. mentor on areas which they specifically would like to build up their confidence in and/or develop expertise in. This has resulted in enhanced quality of teaching and learning and the development of a more varied curriculum which engages all pupils.
During the 2016/17 school year, through our affiliation to North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership, the children at St. Edburg’s have so far participated in School Games football, cross country, athletics, dance and multi-skills and they will also be given the opportunity to take part in dodgeball, netball and lots more! Through these activities children have been signposted to sporting clubs and events taking place within the community. Our links to NOSSP have also allowed some Year 5 and 6 children to take part in a Young Leader training day. These Year 5’s and 6’s, with the help of Mrs Shergold, are running lunch time games for the younger children. They are doing an excellent job and the younger children have great fun!
The health and wellbeing of the children at St. Edburg's is at the heart of everything we do, and therefore for the third year running we are providing a Change4Life club for a selection of children. Change 4 Life Club is something that we find has had a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of our children - it is a club involving fun games, cooking, smoothie making and multi-skills. The children attending are those who would like more opportunities to explore healthy lifestyles and enjoy games and equipment in a non-curriculum environment. This has improved pupil’s enjoyment of curriculum P.E. as well as developing their attitudes to health and well-being.
The Sports Premium has allowed us to build on the children’s leadership skills by giving them more opportunities to be young leaders; eg. older children frequently leading games on the playground. These skills are feeding into curriculum P.E. too and the children love being given the opportunity to be an ‘expert’ and coach their peers on a particular skill. We have also used these leadership skills to improve behaviour throughout school – giving children specific jobs and leading roles has given them a purpose and a reason to engage in their activity.
Additionally, the School Games Values are now completely embedded within school life and we award School Games Values Certificates every week in assembly. These certificates are not given specifically for sports activities and therefore children recognise the importance of P.E. and School Sports to their learning across the school. This has improved behaviour and self-esteem as well as promoting good citizenship throughout our school.