Primary Sports Funding
The Government is continuing the funding of £150 million per annum for academic year 2016/17 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding.
What is Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic year 2016/17 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and we will see money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE. Each school will receive £8,000 plus £5 per child on roll and the money can be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
For the 2016/17 academic year St Matthew’s have allocated the funding to providing a variety of different after school clubs that will increase pupil participation in a range of alternative sporting activities. This is our chance to make a real difference to the next generation’s health and well-being.
New clubs have been organised and they are run by Active Primary Sports, a multi-sport coaching company who aim to increase physical participation for young children through offering curricular and extracurricular activities. This sports provider has worked closely with St Matthew’s for many years and has been subject to lessons being observed subject to Ofsted criteria. We know that this provider offers good PE provision for our children.
We have also allocated the funding to enable us to employ a further PE coach. All four of our PE coaches will continue to work along-side teaching staff to ensure that every teacher feels confident to teach Physical Education of the highest quality, across a wide variety of sports.
How we have spent our funding
- Funding a KS1 Multi sport club which offers a range of different activities for ages 4-7.
- Funding a Super Star club for KS2 which offers our gifted and talented children the opportunity to train and be selected for school teams in numerous local festivals such as cross country, tag rugby, football, netball, hockey, athletics, basketball and cricket
- Funding another expert coach to join the team of three existing coaches to work alongside staff in upgrading the delivery of PE throughout the school.
- Funding a street dance club for Years 3-6 run by Elite Street dancing
All these clubs teach the children to:
- Acquire and develop skills
• Select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas
• Evaluate and improve performance
• Gain knowledge and understanding of fitness and health
At St Matthew’s we believe that all pupils should be taught sport to a good standard, according to their individual needs. Our broad aim, for all the children in PE and games, is to promote healthy physical development through the acquisition of skills, co-operation and confidence. We endeavour to achieve this in an atmosphere which encourages individual and team effort. The children take part in movement and dance, apparatus work and educational gymnastics, team games, swimming and athletics.