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Sports Premium

The government has provided additional funding since academic year 2013/14 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school Headteachers. It is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have the freedom to choose how they do this.

In 2016/17 Barnes Primary’s funding allocation was £9,910. The money was allocated towards additional expenditure on PE and sport as follows:

  • Providing additional sporting clubs five mornings per week, many of which are targeted at those children who either profess not to like sport or don’t have the opportunity to access it outside school (£3,500)
  • Engaging an organisation that runs activity programmes in schools to provide playground staff to organise sports training sessions, games and matches at break times (£2,700);
  • Designing and installing a trim trail for younger pupils in Key Stage 1 to develop strength and skills at an early age (£1,650);
  • Organising sports and fitness focus days for pupils to try different sports (£600);
  • Funding for more sedentary children to go to after school sports clubs (£1,000);
  • Commissioning playground mapping for OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) project (£1,000).

Outcomes to date:

Morning clubs: these are open to children of all sporting abilities and pupils with sedentary lives outside school are encouraged to join. Over 140 places were taken up at these clubs each week.

Monday            8.00 – 9.00 Girls’ Ball Skills Club
Tuesday           8.00 – 9.00 Ball Skills Club
Wednesday     8.00 – 9.00 Tag Rugby Club
Thursday         8.00 – 9.00 Indoor Athletics Club
Friday              8.00 – 9.00 Fitness Club

Playground sports: “I love playing in Mr Matt’s lunchtime games. My favourite is cricket.  When Mr Matt or Mr T are there everyone gets a go which makes it fairer so I can join in more.  I’m good at catching the ball now.”

– Y3 pupil

Trim trail: My favourite part of the playground is… “The climbing poles. I can get all the way along them. Thank you for getting them.

– Y1 pupil

Sports Focus days: “Being able to increase the scope of activities that we introduced the children to over the Sports Focus days was helpful. Nearly every child that had previously defined themselves as ‘not sporty’ found something they enjoyed and we are now actively encouraging them to pursue it via an after school club.  If the Sports Grant does increase for next year, I would look at expanding this to a Sports Focus week to introduce a wider selection of activities because it is so valuable to demonstrate to the children that sport is much more than just running up and down a pitch.”

– PE and Sport Subject Leader

After school sport clubs places: “Joining the Tour de Barnes club has given me the opportunity to go on long bike rides with my friends.”

– Y5 pupil

OAA playground mapping: “Having both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 mapped will allow us to use both playgrounds to teach orienteering, a vital part of the Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) element of the PE curriculum. During the Sports Focus Days of the summer term, year six took part in a morning of orienteering activities and next year the aim is for all year groups to do the same.”

– PE and Sport Subject Leader

At the current time there has been no confirmation of the exact funding levels for 2017/18. The latest communication from the DfE states:

“These will be announced in due course, however, we can confirm that all schools will see an increase in their premium allocation.”  

The funds we receive will be earmarked for the following initiatives to further improve our PE and sport provision:

  • Continuing with previous initiatives that have successfully increased pupils’ engagement in sport in order to bring such benefits to our new generation of pupils;
  • Employing a sports TA to increase pupils’ opportunities to participate in competitive sport;
  • Installing a climbing boulder or boulders to develop upper body strength and skills;
  • Installing an ergonomic balance sculpture in the quiet playground to encourage children who are more reserved at playtime to move around and so develop core strength and skills;
  • Furthering the Outdoor Adventurous Activities project by undertaking OAA training for teachers.