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Primary Physical Education and Sports Premium

 

Since September 2013, all primary schools across England have received a share of the Government £150m per annum Primary Physical Education and Sport Premium. In September 2017 the total grant available was doubled to £300m.  The funding is ring-fenced and must be spent on additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport primary schools offer.

 St Edburg’s have received £ 17,690 for the current academic year.

£2,000 of our grant has been spent on our annual affiliation to North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership (NOSSP).  This affiliation gives St Edburg’s access to regular expert advice and support from a secondary PE specialist, quality assured professional development training for teachers and teaching assistants, termly networking opportunities for our PE lead, 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, links to quality assured community clubs and leisure providers, data collection to help measure and monitor progress and impact and regular national and local updates relating to PE, children’s health and well-being and school sport.

NOSSP affiliation also provides automatic primary Level 2 membership to Youth Sport Trust and a range of additional benefits and support including the Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark.

For a copy of our agreement with North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership please click here.

For full details of our PE and Sport Premium spend for this academic year, the impact it has had/will have on pupils’ PE and sports participation and attainment, and information on how we plan to make these improvements sustainable, please click here. 

St Edburg’s has achieved Silver Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark 2017-19 for our current PE provision and outcomes, and Gold School Games Mark 2018 for our commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education across our school and into the local community.

 

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 (this is evidenced by teacher feedback and records) 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 five 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. Our P.E. co-ordinator also works with staff in developing their expertise and confidence in teaching a variety of skills for PE.

Swimming is a really important part of our PE curriculum at St Edburg’s School, and in KS2 we all swim for at least one full term (approx. 12 weeks). This gives us the opportunity to grow into confident, competent swimmers. In our Year 6 cohort at the moment;

  • 65% can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres;
  • 65% can use a range of strokes effectively; and
  • 79% can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

During this school year, through our affiliation to North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership, the children at St. Edburg’s have so far participated in School Games cross country - 38 children attended this event, and 18 children qualified for the Cross Country Finals! This is a record amount for us at St Edburg's. Throughout the year children will also be given the opportunity to attend events in athletics, dance, netball and lots more! Through these activities children have been signposted to sporting clubs and events taking place within the community. 

The Sports Premium has allowed us to build on the children’s leadership skills and our links to NOSSP have also allowed some Year 5 children to take part in a Young Leader training day. These Year 5’s, with the help of our lunchtime supervisors, are focusing on inclusive playtime games with younger children on the playground. They are doing an excellent job and the younger children have great fun! These leadership 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 throughout the year we might award School Games Values Certificates in assembly. These certificates are not given specifically for sports activities or just in sports week, 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.