Sports Premium Funding
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Sports Provision through the Sports premium at Rowanfield Junior School
At Rowanfield Junior School, we have always offered a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum and various extra-curricular sports clubs. The government has provided additional funding in order to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
We believe in a holistic approach to the development of sport and physical activity for all and encourage collaboration and partnership working to make the best use of resources and enhance PE and sport provision in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils. We are going to continue to use our Sports Premium money effectively to continue encouraging participation in school. To that end, we will continue to:
- benefit all children regardless of sporting ability
- ensure the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in tournaments with other schools
- ensure staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development
- subsidise some activities so that pupils do not miss out due to financial constraints eg swimming
With the above rationale in mind, we have used the Sports Premium funding to:
- Employ qualified Move More Sports Mentors to work alongside our staff to support teachers in their teaching of PE. This investment in the professional development of staff at our school is to ensure that they are best equipped to teach high quality Physical Education and school sport for years to come.
- The use of sports mentors also allows a more targeted approach during PE lessons in order to improve the quality and outcomes of the lessons for all children.
- Buy in to a package of support provided by Move More (previously Cheltenham School Sport Network) organisation which provides continual professional development for staff, inter-school competition and extra-curricular activities. This support is of particular benefit to PE co-ordinators as it provides a means of feeding back industry best practise in order to inform and guide decision making of the school’s PE action plan.
- Continued monitoring of the schemes of work used to support planning. We use the Real PE and Lancashire Schemes to guide planning and then adapt these to suit the particular needs of the children.
- Provided additional after school extra-curricular sports clubs per term ensuring a range of different sports are offered for all age groups
- Provided lunchtime and break time clubs weekly in order to target children who have not engaged in after school clubs.
- Increased the amount of competitive sport in which our children participate - running inter-school sport competitions with our neighbouring schools, and increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games activities organised by All Saints Academy, The Cheltenham Schools Football League & Cheltenham Athletics organisations etc. Including an SEND team to an inter-school competition.
- Ran intra-school sport competitions using our house system. Events were put on across all year groups.
- Develop a sports leadership programme to enable our more able, gifted and talented children to develop their sporting skills and UNITED leadership and team work skills.
- Provide targeted intervention for children who need additional support in developing their key movements.
- Send MA> children and SEND children to external sports camps to meet their specific needs.
- Send staff on external courses in order to develop their professional CPD.
- Purchased equipment to offer access to new sports and physical activities
As a result of our Sports Premium funding, we have managed to improve the overall impact of sport and participation in school. We have continued to provide a greater diversity of extra curricular sports for the children to choose from, in addition to offering a greater number of places. Holding lunchtime clubs as helped increase overall participation due to the many issues some children had with getting to after school clubs. A greater number of children now attend an extra-curricular club. The drop off rate from the clubs has also improved greatly, with a very low percentage of children dropping out.
The profile of sports in school has been raised. We regularly celebrated in newsletters, notice boards and through social media. Sport is also celebrated weekly during school assemblies. We have also been able to provide a wider variety of sports in school and as after-school clubs, enabling pupils to learn and try out new skills. More children have taken part in competitive inter-school competitions and all children have taken part in intra-school (house) competitions.
We continue to invest in the use of qualified sports mentors to support lessons in terms of helping to provide high quality lessons as well as helping to develop our teacher’s confidence and skill set. The impact of this has been improved outcomes for the children. We have been able to target both SEND and MA> children and higher standards have been evidenced from them.
‘Fizzy’ club has been held 3 times weekly by our sports coach for children who need more development with gross motor skills. The development in these children has been identified by their class teachers.
Teacher’s confidence levels and CPD has improved because of the funding. This has been communicated through staff questionnaires.